In my sentence, I wrote:

There are some categories of users who use smartphones in the wrong way.

But I think, the phrase "users who use smartphone in the wrong way" can be simplified into a single word or two. Do you have any suggestion?

  • You will need to rewrite the whole sentence. It is worded very clumsily, and the sentiment expressed comes across as arrogant if not outright wrong.
    – RegDwigнt
    Aug 15, 2018 at 17:53
  • If you want a word for such a person, one might call them an abuser but you have to be very careful as that term has a lot of negative connotations so if you're unaware of them, I wouldn't recommend using the word abuser. Aug 15, 2018 at 18:03
  • They've being creative.
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 18, 2018 at 0:02
  • Are they like, using it as a hammer? How do you use a smartphone wrongly? If they film vertically, use a derogative term of your choice. Or try inept.
    – Mazura
    Aug 18, 2018 at 0:05

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misuse, as defined by Merriam-Webster:

Use (something) in the wrong way or for the wrong purpose.
he was found guilty of misusing public funds

Therefore, your sentence could be reworded into:

users who misuse smartphones

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    There is also mistreat if the person is operating the device correctly but not taking very good care of it. (coughmy soncough) Aug 15, 2018 at 18:01

Depending on exactly how much you require the sentence to be shortened (there is nothing wrong with misuse), you could also rephrase it as:

 . . . who use smartphones incorrectly.

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