Lt Col Sarvjeet Kaur, Maj Preeti Bhatt, Capt Pooja Upadhyay, Capt Sudipa Gurung, Capt Indu Rai, Capt Deuny Susan Varghese
Abstract: Background: Mobile phones, particularly the smart phones have become our inseparable companions today. Smart phones are a type of mobile phones with different computing devices. The number of smart phone users is forecast to grow from 2.1 billion in 2016 to around 2.5 billion in 2020. Smartphone and internet usage in India is set to massively swell in the next four years. Adolescents are more prone for the addiction as they are more fascinated by smart phone. This study aimed to assess the addiction of the smartphone among higher secondary school students. Method: A cross sectional study was conducted to assess the addiction of smartphone by students attending higher secondary school in Lucknow. A descriptive cross sectional design was used and data was collected by survey approach, a total of 80 samples were selected by two way sampling technique and data was collected by using structured questionnaire. SAS addiction scale was used to assess the addiction in terms of social behavior of students. Results: The findings of study revealed that 59 % of the respondents were addicted to smartphone in respect to frequency, duration of usage, availability of smartphone for 24 hrs and usage of other’s smartphone. Majority of the respondents 58 % were using smartphone more than 2 hours daily. It was also found out that usage was more by the males than females in terms of duration and frequency of usage of smartphone and parental relationship played an important role in this context. All these findings were statistically highly significant.
Keywords: Smartphone, Addiction, Higher secondary school