Smartphone Addiction in Rhode Island Young Adults: A Pathway to Poor Mental Health

Margaret Johnson, Johnson & Wales University - Providence



Estimate smartphone addiction among Rhode Island Young Adults Evaluate sociodemographic disparities Identify associations between smartphone addiction and mental illness.


Suggest that smartphone addiction is common among Rhode Island’s young adults Burden of disease is shared equally across young adult sub-groups Smartphone addiction may be associated with depression, anxiety, and suicide ideation The relationship between smartphone addiction and depression may be strongest among heterosexual cis-males Screening and interventions integrated into clinical care and smartphone apps are needed, with particular attention to socially isolating apps that young men are more likely to use.