A recent study by Forster et al. (2021) looked at the impact of adverse childhood experiences (i.e. witnessing domestic violence, parent alcohol and drug use, etc) on problematic smartphone use later on in life. The authors conducted surveys on college students which explored their exposure to adverse childhood experiences and assessed their level of problematic smartphone use. They found that students with increased exposure to adverse childhood events were at greater risk for problematic smartphone use.
In light of this study, what are some ways problematic smartphone use can be prevented from developing?
Forster, M., Rogers, C., Sussman, S. Y., Yu, S., Rahman, T., Zeledon, H., & Benjamin, S. M. (2021). Adverse childhood experiences and problematic smartphone use among college students: Findings from a pilot study. Addictive behaviors, 117, 106869.