Larissa Lamarca

Hyperconnected or Disconnected? An Analysis of Attachment of Smartphones and There Use in Family Households of College Students During the Digital Era

March 25, 2021   /  

Student Name: Larissa Lamarca
Major: Psychology
Minor: Education
Advisor: Michael Casey, Amber Garcia (second reader)

Connection is necessary for survival in all species as it binds us together, making us stronger and secure. Attachment continues to be researched by psychologists around the country as one of the major areas of study, such as with inanimate objects. Cellphones have gradually emerged as one of the primary forms of technological devices used for connection, facilitation, entertainment and education. To measure the feelings people have towards technology, this study seeks to explore to what extent various family households use technological media and where limitations may or may not exist. With a focus on cellphones in particular, this research looks at how one may be attached to one’s mobile device in a variety of ways. In a two-part questionnaire, participants answer a 7-item survey on media use in their household in general, and an 18-item technology attachment scale. A total of 81 people were surveyed from The College of Wooster ages 18-22 (M=20). Data was collected via Qualtrics and analyzed using ANOVA procedures. Results indicate that no effect of attachment style on attachment to cellphones. Future research should use different attachment scales to focus on differences across various ages and potential changes in attachment over time through cellphone use.

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41 thoughts on “Hyperconnected or Disconnected? An Analysis of Attachment of Smartphones and There Use in Family Households of College Students During the Digital Era”

  1. Congratulations, Larissa, on the completion of your I.S. and your upcoming graduation!! I enjoyed having you in class last semester in “Why Sports Matter” with Coach Reid. Always remember to take your grit and determination into the next chapter in your life after Woo.

    1. Thank you so much Dr. Judge! It was such a fun and insightful class, I truly hope it will be offered in some shape or form next year as well. I appreciate your kind words and wish you a wonderful rest of the semester!

  2. Congrats Larissa! This is an impressive article. I read it with great interest and learned many new things from your insights. It was time well spent. Your family is very proud of you. Gut gemacht! Brava! Parabéns!

    1. Thank you so much for all the investment through time and energy these past for years!

  3. What an interesting topic! I’m glad you were able to pursue this in your I.S.
    And I’m loving seeing the accomplishments of my FYS from 4 years ago. It’s been a pleasure to work with you along the way. Congratulations!

    1. Thank you so much Dr. Clayton for your kind words. I am pleased with how my I.S. turned out and thank you for all the teachings you have provided me over the years.

  4. Congratulations! Very interesting approach to an increasingly important area of applied research.

    1. Thank you so much Morgan! Congratulations to you as well! Wishing you all the best!

  5. Congratulations, Larissa! It has been a pleasure to work with you during your four years at Wooster. You should be very proud of all that you have accomplished!

    1. Thank you so much for all you have done! It was wonderful getting to work with you and I wish you all the best!

  6. This is an interesting piece of research, especially at a time in our history when we’ve all become increasingly dependent on our devices for our social interactions.

    1. Thanks so much! I am glad to hear that this topic sparked interest in you and that its importance is made clear.

  7. Incredible job, Larissa! Did the results surprise you, and if so, how?
    Thanks so much for being an amazing classmate and congratulations on your accomplishments 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Cara! It was so nice to meet you and work with you in class. I wish you all the best in the next year and know you will do great things! In terms of your question, I would say I was most surprised to find no significance as I really believed there would be some. However, after further analysis it became clear to me that this could have been due to a number of factors, one being low participation for my power.

    1. Thank you so much Emma! Congratulations to you too! For the future there are a number of topics that are pressing to address with technology and psychology. One that interests me is the potential disruption in attachment formation with infants who’s parents spend a number of hours on electronic devices. Another potential idea would be to look at other devices and the level of attachment for each to see if there are any differences.

  8. Congratulations, Larissa! Well Done! It was a real pleasure working with you this year on your IS. You have a great future ahead of you.

    1. Thank you so much again Dr. Casey! It has been along but rewarding process and I am pleased to have been working with someone of your stature. All the best!

  9. Congratulations Larissa,

    Awesome subject !
    Up-to-date and comprehensive of our hyper connected lives.
    We are very proud of your achievements!!
    Maria Thereza and Rosamaria Lamarca

    1. Thank you so much! Wish we could celebrate today together but I am happy you found my work intriguing. Sending much love to all!

  10. This was interesting to read and is a really up to date topic you choose. So proud of you your hard work. Congratulations from mum

  11. Congrats Larissa! It will be interesting to see if there is any shift in perceptions of and attachment to technology in the coming years as things transition back to some form of more in-person social situations.

    1. Thanks so much! This is very true! I am keen to continue working in the field of technology and psychology as our society transitions to new developments.

  12. Congratulations on completing I.S.! A quick question I have is did you specifically look at family size and then see if that effected the usage of smartphones in the household or what particular factors about family?

    1. Thank you very much! From what my results indicated there are no differences between family size and smartphone usage. I do strongly feel however that if I had more diverse of a family sample pool, I may have found some differences in the socio-economic family differences, or maybe even regionally. What do you predict?

  13. Fantastic work, Larissa! Your work echoes my own research on mental health and internet addiction in a great way. It’s such a significant modern day issue yet it feels as though we’re barely giving it the attention it deserves. One question: you said in your study you were measuring presence and usage of digital technology. Did you limit that to only mobile phones, or did you consider the presence of other, similar devices as well?

    1. Thank you so much! Congratulations Sai!I really do feel we have some overlap in out general ideas and the direction of our papers. It truly is a time of digitization and more than ever we must look at the vast potential effects this new ear will bring. In terms of your question, you are correct. For the sake of the short time frame I focused on smartphones as they are the primary device I see people using daily. If I did have more time, I feel that looking into computers, tablets, and so much more would have benefited the study.

  14. Congratulations, Larissa! This is such interesting research and connected with things we’ve discussed in Ethics of New Technology this semester. Congratulations on completing this important and insightful work!

    1. Thank you so much Dr. Haely! I wish I had been able to take your class early during my four years at Wooster so that I could have incorporated more of the pressing ethical concerns you cover. Thank you again for your kind words!

    1. Thank you so much Dr. Garcia for all you have done for me these past four years! It was wonderful learning and working with you to accomplish my I.S.

  15. Congratulations Larissa! This was very interesting topic and very relevant in today’s society. I’m so proud of you and I hope you are doing well!

    1. Thank you so much Michelle! Congratulations to you too! We worked really hard these past four years and we both should be extremely proud! Hope you are well too!

  16. Kudos, Larissa, on selecting such a relevant topic for our present times. Very interesting research, and congratulations!

  17. Such an interesting topic my love. So proud of your perseverance to make it work through all the hurdles you found along the way and write on this captivating topic. Well done!

  18. Congratulations Larissa!! Your IS topic is really interesting, and I wish you the best of luck for your time after Wooster!

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