How does mobile ICT affect psychological unease? A longitudinal study

Yanqing Lin, Yong Liu, Wenjie Fan

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With an increasing discussion on the adverse impact of mobile technologies on wellbeing, there is a need to address the dispute on either mobile technologies use triggers psychological traits or vice versa. Based on a two-year longitudinal dataset covering over 6000 university respondents, this study provides robust evidence that mobile ICT use has both direct and indirect effects on psychological unease through a mediating effect of nomophobia. Our results reveal that nomophobia brings about psychological unease, such as perceived stress, depression, and loneliness, even after controlling for the effect of last year's psychological status. In addition, nomophobia mediates the effect of mobile ICT use on psychological unease.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACIS 2020 Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7336325-3-9
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventPacific Asia Conference on Information Systems - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 20 Jun 202024 Jun 2020
Conference number: 24

Publication series

NamePacific Asia Conference on Information Systems
ISSN (Electronic)2689-6354


ConferencePacific Asia Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titlePACIS
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates


  • ICT dark side
  • Nomophobia
  • Psychological unease
  • Smartphone use


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