The advancement of mobile technology has transformed a phone from a simple communication tool to a powerful device for entertainment, socialization and work. The proliferation of mobile apps further changed people’s way of living and working. However, more and more users experience excessive mobile phone dependence. The traditional method to identify dependence uses survey instruments and interview. However, this approach is labour intensive and hard to scale. To address the issue, this research-in-progress paper aims to identity users’ phone usage pattern and propose an unobtrusive way of diagnosing users’ mobile phone dependence. We have developed an app to track users’ phone usage and preliminary analysis was performed based on the data collected over more than 20 days. Users showed different usage patterns over weekends and weekdays, and social app usage is a more significant indicator for mobile phone excessive dependence than general phone usage. Planned future analysis and potential contributions are discussed.
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