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Mobile Phone Use

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Since 2011, smartphones have experienced a sharp increase in their use. Smartphone, acting as an internet connected computer, allows various kinds of applications to be accessed almost anywhere and at almost any time. Considering that smartphones are typically within arm’s reach of nearly everyone, it is ...

Since 2011, smartphones have experienced a sharp increase in their use. Smartphone, acting as an internet connected computer, allows various kinds of applications to be accessed almost anywhere and at almost any time. Considering that smartphones are typically within arm’s reach of nearly everyone, it is worth considering the passionate engagement of smartphone and the worst of all, mobile phone addiction. Some correlational studies investigated the relationship between mobile phone use and demographic information, traits, emotion, and so on. Still few researches explored cognitive mechanism and neural process of mobile phone problematic use and related activities in mobile phone use. Moreover, the fast growth in use social networking services(SNS) was found to promote mobile phone use. The way that SNS changes communication and interpersonal relationship also makes sense for individuals. Recent neuroscientific research has begun to investigate the neural correlate of message propagation. However, further studies are necessary to explore mobile phone use.


This Research Topic is to gather novel and interesting studies dealing with mobile phone use. The scope of the contributions may include, but are not limited to a) Characteristics of mobile phone addition, such as conflict control and response inhibition, risk taking and so on. b) Neural correlate of activities in SNS, such as disclosure and propagation (e.g., Facebook and Twitter promote individuals as “information DJs”). C) What influence SNS excessive use may have on users’ beliefs, attitudes and interpersonal relationship? From the experimental point of view we encourage both behavioral and neuroimaging contributions. opinions and commentaries, reviews are also welcome.


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