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29 November 2012

Cellphone addiction driven by materialism

Cellphone and instant messaging addictions are driven by materialism and impulsiveness and are compared to compulsive buying and credit card misuse, research shows.

Cellphone and instant messaging addictions are driven by materialism and impulsiveness and can be compared to consumption pathologies like compulsive buying and credit card misuse, according to a Baylor University study in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.

This study is the first to investigate the role materialism plays in cellphone addiction. According to Roberts, materialism is an important consumer value that impacts many of the decisions we make as consumers. Additionally, cell phone use and over-use have become so common that it is important to have a better understanding of what drives these types of technological addictions.

 
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