Development of a scale to measure problem use of short message service: the SMS Problem Use Diagnostic Questionnaire

Cyberpsychol Behav. 2007 Dec;10(6):841-3. doi: 10.1089/cpb.2007.9943.


This exploratory study examines a subset of mobile phone use, the compulsive use of short message service (SMS) text messaging. A measure of SMS use, the SMS Problem Use Diagnostic Questionnaire (SMS-PUDQ), was developed and found to possess acceptable reliability and validity when compared to other measures such as self-reports of time spent using SMS and scores on a survey of problem mobile phone use. Implications for the field of addiction research, technological and behavioral addictions in particular, are discussed, and directions for future research are suggested.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Behavior, Addictive / diagnosis*
  • Cell Phone*
  • Communication
  • Electronic Mail* / classification
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Self-Assessment*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Surveys and Questionnaires