Assessment of Smartphone Addiction among adolescents in a University

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2020-03-31

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https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2020.v32i01.032

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Adolescent, Smartphone, Cross-Sectional Studies, Computers, Handheld, Cell Phone, Surveys and Questionnaires

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  • Rashmi Kundapur K S Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte (Deemed to be University), Deralakatte, Mangalore https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1563-0948
  • Harshitha Hanglur Narasimha K S Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte (Deemed to be University), Deralakatte, Mangalore https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9818-8309
  • Sharon Baisil MOSC Medical College, Kolenchery https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3347-8014
  • Sanjeev Badiger K S Hegde Medical Academy, Nitte (Deemed to be University), Deralakatte, Mangalore

Abstract

Introduction: A smartphone is a combination of cellphone and handheld computers that created the greatest tech revolution since the Internet. The official name for smartphone addiction is Nomophobia which is defined as having a fear of not being with your phone. Objective: To assess the smartphone addiction among adolescents and its association with socio demographic factors. Methodology: A cross sectional study among adolescents in a university in Mangalore among students <19yrs of age. Sample size was estimated using the prevalence formula, taking prevalence as 50% and allowable error of 5%. A validated, self-administered questionnaire was used for assessment. Proportion for addiction and Chi Square analysis was done. Results: A total of 426 students were enrolled for the study. The prevalence of smartphone addiction was 57% in the study population, females had higher addiction scores than males. There was significant association of family annual income, monthly pocket money and occupation of the father with smartphone addiction. Conclusion: The prevalence of smartphone addiction among adolescents is high. The results of our study showed that smartphone addiction is more prevalent in the families with higher economic status.

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Kundapur R, Hanglur Narasimha H, Baisil S, Badiger S. Assessment of Smartphone Addiction among adolescents in a University. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2020 Mar. 31 [cited 2022 Aug. 17];32(1):161-3. Available from: https://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/1122

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