Depression and problematic use of mobile phone

Depressed people may rely on mobile phone to alleviate their negative feelings and spend more time on communication activities via mobile phone, which in turn can deteriorate into problematic use of mobile phone. However, face-to-face communication with others played a moderating role, weakening the link between use of mobile phone for communication activities and deterioration to problematic use of mobile phone.

Jung-Hyun Kim et al  Alleviating depression only to become problematic mobile phone users: Can face-to-face communication be the antidote?  Computers in Human Behavior 2105


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