The Relationships of Problematic Smartphone Use with Manifestations of Psychological Ill-Being



Problematic smartphone use is a common phenomenon associated with many manifestations of psychological distress. This review article presents positive links of problematic smartphone use with cyberbullying, victimization, all features of the “dark triad” (Machiavellianism, narcissism, psychopathy), impulsivity, neuroticism, duration of daily smartphone use, and a negative correlation with communication skills among the most active users, identified by foreign researchers. The review includes the results confirmed by a number of studies performed in different countries on samples of respondents of different sex and age (mainly students and adolescents). The proposed review of foreign results can contribute to understanding the essence of the problematic use of a smartphone and initiate similar studies in the Russian-speaking society. Overcoming of the detected negative manifestations of problematic smartphone use may include the use of the obtained data in explanatory work with students about the dangers of excessive use of smartphones.

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Keywords: problematic smartphone use, psychological distress, Machiavellianism, cyberbullying, victimization, narcissism, psychopathy, impulsivity, neuroticism, communication skills

Journal rubric: Clinical Psychology

Article type: review article


Received: 27.12.2022


For citation: Sheinov V. The Relationships of Problematic Smartphone Use with Manifestations of Psychological Ill-Being [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2023. Vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 123–133. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2023120411. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Viktor Sheinov, Doctor of Sociology, PhD in Physics and Matematics, Professor, Professor of the Department of Psychology and Pedagogical Skills, Republican Institute of Higher Education, Minsk, Belarus, ORCID:, e-mail:



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