PACIS 2019 Proceedings


With the advancement of information and communications technologies, and the booming of mobile apps, mobile phone addiction is on the rise. The current approach to detect mobile phone excessive dependence is through the amount of phone usage, including duration, times picking up the phone and etc. However, literature on addiction suggests that impulsive action is also a key indicator of addictive behavior. Thus, this study proposes that the impulsive behavior rather than the amount of usage can be a better predictor of mobile phone dependence. With longitudinal phone usage data collected from 60 users, this study has identified that the minimum time interval between two pickups describes mobile phone dependence better than the amount of usage. Planned future analysis and potential contributions are discussed.