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The authors of this study conclude: Our findings will aid clinicians in distinguishing between predictive factors for smartphone and Internet addiction and can consequently be utilized in the prevention and treatment of smartphone addiction.

Comment: This is an example of a poor abstract. The conclusion to an abstract should state what the scientific study found, not opinion regarding implications of the research. In this case, the researchers presented a conclusion that has nothing to do with the hard scientific data that they found and analyzed. Rather, their conclusion was a mish-mash of vague wishy washy ideas about what they imagine regarding the effects of their research. I challenge anyone to tell me what their research study actually found, from a scientific standpoint, based upon their conclusion. Deeper analysis of the abstract reveals that their results section was also flawed; what was presented here should have been in the conclusion. The authors did not present a statistical analysis of their data in the abstract. This statistical analysis should be presented in the results section.

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