Is your smartphone more addictive than drugs?

Is your smartphone more addictive than drugs?

Is your smartphone more addictive than drugs?

Liette Lapointe, Associate Professor, Information Systems

Professor Liette Lapointe’s research impacts the way we view and use technology in our daily lives—shedding light on the modern phenomenon of technology ‘fanatics’.

Liette Lapointe

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Liette Lapointe, Associate Professor, Information Systems

Liette LapointeAccording to research by Associate Professor Liette Lapointe, Vice-Dean of Programs, information systems (IS) research has, to date, mainly provided a monolithic view of information technology use, considering it to be a desired behavior with positive outcomes. However, given the dramatic increase in the use of technology during the last few years, susceptibility to IT addiction is increasingly becoming an important issue for technology users.

Building in part on the analysis of 15 in‐depth interviews and 182 surveys collected from smartphone users, Professor Lapointe has proposed a typological theory of user liability to IT addiction consisting of five types: addict, fanatic, highly engaged, regular and thoughtful.