Around one-third of people globally may be at risk of smartphone addiction: Canadian-led study – CTV

Nov. 8, 2023

A new Canadian study has found that around one-third of people around the world may be at a high risk for smartphone addiction, with women and people in parts of Asia more likely to report problematic use.

The study, published Tuesday in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction(opens in a new tab), asked more than 50,000 people, between 18 and 90 years of age, from 195 countries to gauge how problematic their smartphone use is – or when a person’s habitual smartphone use interferes negatively with their life.

The researchers, who hail from the University of Toronto Mississauga, McGIll University and Harvard University, describe this research as the largest of its kind in the field.

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