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Understanding the relationship between smartphone addiction, flow, and productivity

Dittrich, Samuel Marten (2020) Understanding the relationship between smartphone addiction, flow, and productivity.

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Abstract:Smartphones are widely prevalent in today's society, they have not only changed the way we communicate with others, but also the way we work. While there are benefits to using a smartphone, being constantly available could affect the way we work. This study aimed to address the relationship between smartphone addiction risk, flow states, and productivity and specifically, whether flow acts as a mediator between smartphone addiction risk and productivity. While this relationship has been suggested before, studies examining it are scarce. Participants (N = 134) were assessed using a cross-sectional self-report questionnaire about smartphone addiction risk, flow proneness and productivity. The results indicated that all three concepts were correlated, and that flow proneness partially mediated the relationship between smartphone addiction risk and productivity. Smartphone addiction risk was associated negatively with flow proneness, which in turn had a positive effect on productivity. These results suggest that being able to experience flow might help to be less affected by the smartphone in one’s productivity. At the same time, smartphones seem to threat the proneness to experience such states of flow. Implications and other important factors contributing to this relationship are discussed and suggestions for future research are provided.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81544
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