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Exploring the Impact of Smartphone Addiction in Prospective Memory

Hsiu-Sen Chiang 1, Zi-Yu Dong 1, Mu-Yen Chen 1, and An-Pin Chen 2
1. Department of Information Management, National Taichung University of Science & Technology, 129, Section 3, Sanmin Road, Taichung City 404, Taiwan, ROC
2. Department of Information Management and Finance, National Chiao Tung University, 1001 University Road, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan, ROC
Abstract—As smartphones have rapidly emerged as a ubiquitous and indispensable technology, there are increasing indications that user dependence on smartphones and associated behaviors could be considered a form of addiction. Intensive interaction with smartphones has a significant impact on user thought patterns, cognitive focus and memory. Prospective memory is the mechanism which allows us to remember to do something at some future time or to remember some future event. Prospective memory plays an important role in our daily lives, acting as a mental calendar which organizes awareness of future events and thus allows people to plan accordingly. Continued reduced performance of prospective memory may cause us brain degradation. Intensive smartphone use creates long-term distractions, and thus reduces prospective memory use. Using a Smartphone Addiction Inventory questionnaire, followed by dual-task and electroencephalography (EEG) experiments to measure prospective memory performance, we found that some correlation between smartphone addiction and deterioration of prospective memory.
Index Terms—smartphone addiction, prospective memory, electroencephalogram

Cite: Hsiu-Sen Chiang, Zi-Yu Dong, Mu-Yen Chen, and An-Pin Chen, "Exploring the Impact of Smartphone Addiction in Prospective Memory," Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 9-13, February 2019. doi: 10.12720/jait.10.1.9-13
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