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Behav. Sci., Volume 9, Issue 8 (August 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The development of technology and the widespread use of the Internet have brought about new forms [...] Read more. The development of technology and the widespread use of the Internet have brought about new forms of leisure activity, which encourage continuous use. Consequently, particular attention has been given to maladaptive behaviors in relation to the excessive use of technologies, i.e., behavioral addictions. In light of inconsistent results emerging from the studies on risk factors linked to technological addictions, our exploratory research analyzed the comorbidity between maladaptive psychological functioning, impulsivity, and behavioral addictions in specific adolescent phases. Associations between impulsiveness and technological addictions were confirmed, whereas different patterns of associations resulted between males and females and only in the adolescent subgroups. These findings suggested how such associations may change depending on the developmental phase and gender. View this paper