This paper investigates the role played by the smartphone for the quality of social interactions and subjective well-being. We argue that, due to its intrusiveness, the smartphone reduces the quality of face-to-face interactions and, as a consequence, their positive impact on well-being. We test this hypothesis in a large and representative sample of Italian individuals. The results indicate that time spent with friends is worth less, in terms of life satisfaction, for individuals who use the smartphone. This finding is robust to the use of instrumental variables estimation to deal with possible endogeneity. We also show that, consistent with our hypothesis, the positive association between time spent with friends and satisfaction with friends is less strong for individuals who use the smartphone.

Rotondi, V., Stanca, L., Tomasuolo, M. (2017). Connecting alone: Smartphone use, quality of social interactions and well-being. JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC PSYCHOLOGY, 63, 17-26 [10.1016/j.joep.2017.09.001].

Connecting alone: Smartphone use, quality of social interactions and well-being

Rotondi, Valentina;Stanca, Luca
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2017

Abstract

This paper investigates the role played by the smartphone for the quality of social interactions and subjective well-being. We argue that, due to its intrusiveness, the smartphone reduces the quality of face-to-face interactions and, as a consequence, their positive impact on well-being. We test this hypothesis in a large and representative sample of Italian individuals. The results indicate that time spent with friends is worth less, in terms of life satisfaction, for individuals who use the smartphone. This finding is robust to the use of instrumental variables estimation to deal with possible endogeneity. We also show that, consistent with our hypothesis, the positive association between time spent with friends and satisfaction with friends is less strong for individuals who use the smartphone.
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Smartphone; Social interactions; Subjective well-being; Sociology and Political Science; Applied Psychology; Economics and Econometrics
English
2017
63
17
26
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Rotondi, V., Stanca, L., Tomasuolo, M. (2017). Connecting alone: Smartphone use, quality of social interactions and well-being. JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC PSYCHOLOGY, 63, 17-26 [10.1016/j.joep.2017.09.001].
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