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Smartphone use and addiction among secondary school students in Kuantan, Malaysia


Siew, Pien Lee and Zamimi, Hanis Athirah and Syed Elias, Sharifah Munirah and Atan, Ashikin and Makhdzir, Norafisyah (2021) Smartphone use and addiction among secondary school students in Kuantan, Malaysia. International Journal of Care Scholars, 4 (1). 36 - 41. ISSN 2810-2327; ESSN: 2710-7175


Background: Smartphone addiction has become a social problem in Malaysia as smartphone users increase drastically. Previous study revealed that smartphone addiction has a negative effect on the physical and psychosocial of a human being. Aims: This study aims to examine smartphone use and addiction among secondary school students. Methods: A cross-sectional study was employed involving 203 secondary school children at a secondary school in Malaysia. A set of a questionnaire consisting of two parts was used; (1) Part A: Sociodemographic, (2) Part B: Smartphone Addiction Scale in Malay version (SAS-M). Results: Finding from this study showed that there was a long duration of smartphones use was detected during the weekend with more than three hours per day and social media (81.8%) was the frequently visited function in the smartphones. These group of students were not addicted to smartphones, however, more than half of the students (57.6%) have a high risk of smartphones addiction. There is also a significant negative weak correlation between smartphone use and smartphone addiction during weekday and weekend with (p < 0.05; r2 -0.354, -0.360), respectively. Conclusion: This study provides insight into the use of smartphone and smartphone addiction in secondary school students from a Malaysian perspective.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.31436/ijcs.v4i1.166
Publisher: I I U M Press
Keywords: Secondary school students; Smartphone use; Smartphone addiction
Depositing User: Ms. Che Wa Zakaria
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2023 02:25
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2023 02:25
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/95078
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