Technology and self-regulation: The case of alarm clock use

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A study of 417 undergraduate students examined a hypothesized correlation between use of alarm clocks to awaken and self-regulatory skills. As predicted, use of awakening aids (alarm clocks, household members) was negatively correlated with self-regulation measures, while self-awakening was positively correlated with self-regulation. Also as predicted, alarm clock use had larger negative correlations with self-regulation than did being awakened by a household member. The findings suggest that people with poorer self-regulation skills are more likely to rely on technological aids to perform daily tasks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-348
Number of pages6
JournalSocial Behavior and Personality
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology


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