Low self-control capacity is associated with immediate responses to smartphone signals

Berger, Sebastian; Wyss, Annika Marit; Knoch, Daria (2018). Low self-control capacity is associated with immediate responses to smartphone signals. Computers in human behavior, 86, pp. 45-51. Elsevier 10.1016/j.chb.2018.04.031

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The ubiquitous use of smartphones has not only led to unprecedented levels of connectivity, but also raised the question about potentially problematic side effects such as phone-use while driving or phone-caused inattention in work or private settings. This poses the question about psychological mechanisms underlying this potentially self-damaging use. The present research addresses this question by showing how heterogeneity in people's self-control capacity explains behavioral differences in smartphone use. Specifically, we show that self-control capacity can be used to estimate whether a person immediately responds to a smartphone signal she receives. Thus, our research helps to identify personal characteristics that lead to a better understanding of problematic smartphone use and can potentially help to design appropriate protective mechanisms or interventions that target self-control capacity.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management > Organisation

UniBE Contributor:

Berger, Sebastian; Wyss, Annika Marit and Knoch, Daria

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0747-5632

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sebastian Berger

Date Deposited:

04 Sep 2018 12:06

Last Modified:

25 Oct 2019 02:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.chb.2018.04.031

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.119727

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/119727

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