Stress and adult smartphone addiction: Mediation by self-control, neuroticism, and extraversion (2017)

Stress Health. 2017 Mar 23. doi: 10.1002/smi.2749.

Cho HY1, Kim DJ2, Park JW1.


This study employed descriptive statistics and correlation analysis to examine the influence of stress on smartphone addiction as well as the mediating effects of self-control, neuroticism, and extraversion using 400 men and women in their 20s to 40s followed by structural equation analysis. Our findings indicate that stress had a significant influence on smartphone addiction, and self-control mediates the influence of stress on smartphone addiction. As stress increases, self-control decreases, which subsequently leads to increased smartphone addiction. Self-control was confirmed as an important factor in the prevention of smartphone addiction. Finally, among personality factors, neuroticism, and extraversion mediate the influence of stress on smartphone addiction.

KEYWORDS: Big Five personality; healthy smartphone usage; stress

PMID: 28332778

DOI: 10.1002/smi.2749