Is excessive use of mobile social network applications a predicator of mobile phone and social network site addiction?

Stallard, Perry (2016) Is excessive use of mobile social network applications a predicator of mobile phone and social network site addiction? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    March 101h 2000 saw the bursting of the Dotcom bubble (Madslien, 2010), while seemingly disastrous at the time for Internet ventures, it actually paved the way for Web 2.0 and a consumer fuelled drive for mobility and connectivity. 2005 saw the beginnings of a giant, one which would grow and consume the time of over 1 billion individuals; Facebook is the most prevalent social network site available today, its use as a means of communication, event creation, and a virtual community centre, have meant droves of individuals have signed up to become a part of this new networked society (Castells. 2009; Fox & Moreland. 2015; Statista. 2016). Further. 2016 is awash in the number and availability of mobile devices, or the more commonly found smartphones: on lop of this, the number of affordances and services which they offer their owners is as plentiful as the number of devices available to buy. Combined together, smartphones, web 2.0, and social network sites, have led to a modern society which is interactive, connected, and mobile; however, has it also led to a society which is isolated, socially impaired, and addicted?
    The use of mobile devices and their applications is on the rise, there can be no arguing with that; modern society has developed into a culture where everyone wants to know and be connected to everyone else, as well as never having enough time to accomplish the smallest of added detours. This is where mobiles and social network sites become ideal, when used together they can be used as tool for managing a vast network of connections. Therefore. it was hypothesised by Salehan and Negahban (2013) that excessive use of these social applications has a positive effect over an individual becoming addicted to their mobile device. They were able to prove within their study that this was true. Three years later. however. this author wishes to see if A) their results can be replicated, B) if a change in respondents will influence the results, and C) whether or not excessive use will also positively affect whether an individual will become addicted to their social network site also.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Computing
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2016 17:00
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2016 17:00
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21457

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