The relationship of attachment styles and self-control on cell phone reliance

This study explored the relationship between attachment styles, self-control, and cell phone reliance. A total sample of 118 university students completed the Experiences in Close Relationship, Self-Control, and Cell Phone Reliance scales. Attachment anxiety and self-control were positively correlated with cell phone reliance, r = .28, p < .01 and r = -.32, p < .01, respectively. An interaction between attachment anxiety and self-control was not found. Age was not significantly correlated with cell phone reliance, however a negative correlation between age of first cell phone ownership and cell phone reliance was found (r = -.30, p < .01). The results of this study indicate self-control as a better predictor of cell phone reliance than attachment style.