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Excessive and Problematic Smartphone Usage

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Humans cannot be separated from smartphones in today's life. Technology and the increasing immersion of smartphones make people's lives easier in various areas of life, such as productivity, information seeking, and social interaction, compensation, relaxation, entertainment, and personal status. However, with the greater integration of smartphones in modern life, psychological and behavioral dysfunctions due to problematic smartphone use are starting to increase experts' awareness of the importance of issues regarding smartphone usage. Smartphone use can be problematic because of the continuous internet connection facilitated by the technology's characteristics, including easy access, the possibility to escape from everyday life, staying anonymous online, and the frequency of alerts and messages. Symptoms of problematic smartphone use are conceptually similar to the behavioral addiction diagnosis criteria included in the DSM-V. Therefore, further research is needed on problematic smartphone use, starting from neurobiology to risk factors, screening and diagnosis, prevention, and comprehensive management, in young adults and adolescents.

This Research Topic aims to cover a range of physical and mental ill-health issues associated with problematic smartphone use (PSU) as well as evaluate potential therapeutic possibilities. We encourage contributors to submit original research articles, systematic reviews, perspectives, and mini-reviews that contribute to research excessive smartphone usage, including but not limited to:

• Neurobiological alterations
• Cognitive changes
• Medical problems and physical fitness
• Anxiety and depression
• Effectiveness of therapeutic digital applications


Keywords: Problematic Smartphone use, Addiction, Cognition, Neurobiological, Anxiety, Depression, Therapeutic Applications


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Humans cannot be separated from smartphones in today's life. Technology and the increasing immersion of smartphones make people's lives easier in various areas of life, such as productivity, information seeking, and social interaction, compensation, relaxation, entertainment, and personal status. However, with the greater integration of smartphones in modern life, psychological and behavioral dysfunctions due to problematic smartphone use are starting to increase experts' awareness of the importance of issues regarding smartphone usage. Smartphone use can be problematic because of the continuous internet connection facilitated by the technology's characteristics, including easy access, the possibility to escape from everyday life, staying anonymous online, and the frequency of alerts and messages. Symptoms of problematic smartphone use are conceptually similar to the behavioral addiction diagnosis criteria included in the DSM-V. Therefore, further research is needed on problematic smartphone use, starting from neurobiology to risk factors, screening and diagnosis, prevention, and comprehensive management, in young adults and adolescents.

This Research Topic aims to cover a range of physical and mental ill-health issues associated with problematic smartphone use (PSU) as well as evaluate potential therapeutic possibilities. We encourage contributors to submit original research articles, systematic reviews, perspectives, and mini-reviews that contribute to research excessive smartphone usage, including but not limited to:

• Neurobiological alterations
• Cognitive changes
• Medical problems and physical fitness
• Anxiety and depression
• Effectiveness of therapeutic digital applications


Keywords: Problematic Smartphone use, Addiction, Cognition, Neurobiological, Anxiety, Depression, Therapeutic Applications


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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30 November 2021 Abstract
29 January 2022 Manuscript

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30 November 2021 Abstract
29 January 2022 Manuscript

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