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Understanding the Relationship Between Mindfulness, Problematic Smartphone Usage, and Psychological Well-being in Young Adults

Feitosa, Carlos (2022) Understanding the Relationship Between Mindfulness, Problematic Smartphone Usage, and Psychological Well-being in Young Adults. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

In recent years, smartphones have become increasingly common in society, and with them have come a number of unintended consequences. The purpose of this study is to determine whether higher levels of mindfulness predict less problematic smartphone usage among young adults. Furthermore, this study examines the relationship between problematic smartphone usage and psychological well-being in young adults. Among young adults, higher levels of mindfulness were hypothesised to be associated with lower levels of problematic smartphone usage, while a lower level of smartphone usage was hypothesised to be associated with higher levels of psychological well-being. In total, 140 individuals aged 18 to 24 participated in the present study. Recruitment took place through an Instagram account and advertisements within a private company. The participants completed an online survey that included demographic questions, Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire, Problematic Smartphone Usage Measures and the short Depression Anxiety Stress Scale. The results of standard multiple regression analyses indicated that mindfulness predicted lower levels of problematic smartphone use, which is correlated with a higher psychological well-being. The results suggest that the public should become more aware of the benefits of mindfulness in order to prevent psychological problems associated with excessive smartphone usage.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Q Science > QA Mathematics > Computer software > Mobile Phone Applications
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Computer software > Mobile Phone Applications
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2022 13:14
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2022 13:17
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5636

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