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Suffering from problematic smartphone use? Why not use grayscale setting as an intervention! – An experimental study

  • Increasingly, problematic smartphone use behavior (PSU) and excessive consumption are reported. In this study, an experiment was developed to investigate the influence of screen coloration using the grayscale setting on smartphone usage time in repeated measurements. We also investigated how individuals perceived suffering correlates with smartphone usage time and PSU, and whether differences exist by smartphone usage type (social, process, habitual). 240 subjects completed a questionnaire about smartphone usage time, PSU, perceived suffering, and smartphone usage types. Afterward, their smartphones were switched to grayscale setting for at least 24h, and thereafter 92 of these participants completed the second questionnaire. Analyses showed that grayscale setting decreases usage time and that there is a positive correlation between PSU, smartphone usage duration, and perceived suffering. The types of use (process and habitual) influence one’s perceived suffering. Thus, it shows that individuals are aware of their PSU and suffer from it. Using grayscale setting is effective in reducing smartphone use time.

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Author:Lea-Christin Wickord, Claudia Quaiser-Pohl
URN:urn:nbn:de:hbz:kob7-24264
Parent Title (English):Computers in Human Behavior Reports
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of completion:2023/07/05
Date of publication:2023/05/06
Publishing institution:Universität Koblenz, Universitätsbibliothek
Release Date:2023/07/05
Tag:Grayscale; Problematic smartphone use; Smartphone addiction; Suffering; Types of smartphone use
First page:1
Last page:11
Institutes:Fachbereich 1 / Institut für Psychologie
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das deutsche Urheberrecht: § 53 UrhG