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Dr. Elhai studies the impact of computer technology on human behavior, also known as cyberpsychology. The internet and mobile devices have become more widely used in recent years. Examining the impact of technology on behavior and emotion is increasingly important - especially internet addiction as an adverse outcome. Specifically, his interests include:

  • Problematic smartphone use and relations with mental health.

  • Internet addiction.

  • Fear of missing out (FOMO).

  • Digital information privacy concern.


Some recently published papers from Dr. Elhai on cyberpsychology and internet addictions include the following.

  • Elhai, J. D., & Contractor, A. A. (2018). Examining latent classes of smartphone users: Relations with psychopathology and problematic smartphone use. Computers in Human Behavior, 82, 159-166.

  • Elhai, J. D., Levine, J. C., O’Brien, K. D., & Armour, C. (2018). Distress tolerance and mindfulness mediate relations between depression and anxiety sensitivity with problematic smartphone use. Computers in Human Behavior, 84, 474-484.

  • Elhai, J. D., Tiamiyu, M. F., & Weeks, J. W. (2018). Depression and social anxiety in relation to problematic smartphone use: The prominent role of rumination. Internet Research, 28, 315-332.

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