The widespread adoption of technologies such as smartphones, the Internet, and social media has been associated with the emergence of pathological technology use (e.g., Internet addiction). Prevalence rates of pathological technology use vary widely across age groups, cultures, and medium, although it is not uncommon for rates of mild to moderate pathological use to exceed 20%-30%. These relatively high prevalence rates have motivated researchers to identify the predictors of pathological use. The current study focuses on the relationship be- tween self-control and pathological technology use, and demonstrates that negative affect and cognitive failures, but not self-efficacy, partially mediate the association between self-control and pathological technology use. These findings re- veal some of the pathways by which poor self-control could lead to elevated levels of pathological technology use.
West, R., & Jiang, D. (2021). Mediators of the relationship between self-control and pathological technology use: Negative affect and cognitive failures, but not self-efficacy. In F. D. Davis et al. (Eds.), Information Systems and Neuroscience, 220-228, Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-88900-5_25