SMARTPHONE OVERUSAGE AMONG MEDICAL STUDENTS-A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY

R. Ravi Sunder, Neelima P

Abstract


The over usage of smart phone has become an epidemic affecting the physical, mental, and social well-being of an individual. A cross sectional study was done to analyze the dependency of smart phone by using SAS-SV English version with a three point scale. With their consent, 186 medical students (94 females & 92 males) participated in the study and the results were scrutinized. It was observed that 78.4% of students “sometimes” missed their planned work due to smart phone use. Greater than half of the students replied that they “never” – had pain in the wrists or felt impatient when not using mobile or given up mobile when the daily life is interrupted or unable to stand without cell phone or thinking of smart phone when not in use. This is a positive sign. As high as 21.5% students reported that “often” they constantly check mobiles not to miss others conversation. Gender wise variation shows 79.7% females and 77.1% males for marked “sometimes” for missing their planned work due to smart phone use. Considering greater than 50% answers for the option “never”, girls marked only four questions but boys reported six questions. 11.9% boys answered that they “often” think of smart phone when not in use but none of the girls chose this option. It can be concluded that more than half of the students were affected in their social well being by the excessive use of smart phone. Boys were more prone to excessive use of mobile when compared to girls. The analysis was discussed with the study group and advised to use the smart phone in a controlled manner to get rid of the adverse effects in future.


Keywords


Gender variation, Medical students, Overuse, SAS-SV English version, Smart phone.

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