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Front. Public Health | doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00247

The Association between Mobile Game Addiction and Depression, Social anxiety, and Loneliness

Hai-Zhen Wang1, Jia-Rong Sheng2 and  Jin-Liang Wang3*
  • 1Chongqing Youth & Vocational Technical College, China
  • 2Center for Mental Health Education, School of Psychology, Southwest University, China
  • 3Southwest University, China

As a new type of addictive behaviors and distinct from traditional internet game addiction on desktop computers, mobile game addiction has attracted researchers’ attention due to its possible negative effects on mental health issues. However, very few studies have particularly examined the relationship between mobile game addiction and mental health outcomes, due to a lack of specified instrument for measuring this new type of behavioral addiction. In this study, we examined the relationship between mobile game addition and social anxiety, depression, and loneliness among adolescents. We found that mobile game addiction was positively associated with social anxiety, depression, and loneliness. A further analysis on gender difference in the paths from mobile game addiction to these mental health outcomes was examined, and results revealed that male adolescents tend to report more social anxiety, depression, and loneliness when they use mobile game addictively. We also discussed limitations and implications for mental health practice.

Keywords: Mobile game addiction, social anxiety, Depression, Loneliness, adolescents

Received: 04 Jun 2019; Accepted: 16 Aug 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Wang, Sheng and Wang. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mx. Jin-Liang Wang, Southwest University, Chongqing, China,