Usage prediction and effectiveness verification of app restriction function for smartphone addiction

Katsuki Yasudomi, Toshitaka Hamamura, Masaru Honjo, Akio Yoneyama, Masato Uchida

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Abstract

In recent years, there has been a growing problem of smartphone addiction. As the excessive use of smartphones has negatively impacted our daily lives, many apps for reducing smartphone addiction have been developed around the world. In this study, we focus on the app restriction function, which is one of the key features of digital medicines for smartphone addiction, and analyze the usage of the function and verify its effectiveness. The results showed significant differences in both psychological and behavioral aspects between those who used the app restriction function and those who did not. Specifically, we found that the app restriction function was more likely to be used by those who were more aware of their smartphone addiction. We also found that the app restriction function was effective in lessening smartphone usage time, especially when the smartphone addiction is relatively moderate.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Conference on E-Health Networking, Application and Services, HEALTHCOM 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728162676
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Mar 1
Event22nd IEEE International Conference on E-Health Networking, Application and Services, HEALTHCOM 2020 - Shenzhen, China
Duration: 2021 Mar 12021 Mar 2

Publication series

Name2020 IEEE International Conference on E-Health Networking, Application and Services, HEALTHCOM 2020

Conference

Conference22nd IEEE International Conference on E-Health Networking, Application and Services, HEALTHCOM 2020
CountryChina
CityShenzhen
Period21/3/121/3/2

Keywords

  • App restriction function
  • Digital medicine
  • Smartphone addiction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Health Informatics
  • Health(social science)

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