“The mobile phone dependency and its relation with physical health and social life problem among adolescents”
Purpose: To assess the mobile dependency among adolescents and to assess the physical health problems and social problems among adolescents. Material and methods: In order to achieve the desired objectives of the study quantitative research approach with non-experimental co relational survey design was adopted for the present study. Using non-probability purposive sampling 100 adolescents were enrolled for the study. Data collection was accomplished by using tool comprised of structured knowledge questionnaire four sections (section-1-demographic data, section-2-Modified standardized structured questionnaire on mobile dependency, section-3 and 4- self structured questionnaire on social and physical problems). Data was analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results: Findings related to Mobile phone dependency: Majority 62(62%) subjects are mildly mobile dependent, 33(33%) subjects are moderately mobile phone dependent and 5(5%) subjects are severely mobile phone dependent.
Findings related to Physical health problems:
1. From the findings of the present study it is evident that 33% are having earache, 37% are having sound in ear and 30% are having hotness on the ear due to excessive use of mobile phones.
2. Majority 48% subjects are having eye irritation due to long term use of mobile phone, 30% are having blurred vision and 22% are having redness of eyes.
3. Maximum of subjects 57% are having thumb pain, 22% are having tingling sensation and 21% are having hotness of palms.
4. Majority 54% subjects are having awake up due to phone alarm, 19% are delayed go to sleep and 27% are having problem with decrease sleep due to long term use of mobile phone.
5. 59% of the adolescents are having shoulder pain, 18% are having neck pain, 12% are facing back pain problem and 11% are facing other problems.
Findings related to Social life problems: The findings of the present study suggested that majority 61% of the adolescents are having moderate social life problem, 32% are having mild social life problems and 7% are having severe social life problems. It is also evident from the present study that there is a positive co relation (r=0.566528) between mobile phone dependency and social life problems. Finding related to association findings of mobile phone dependency with demographic variable: There is a significant association between age, the time spent per day for using mobile phone and 10th std examination result and mobile phone dependency (p=<0.05).
Conclusion: Mobile phone dependency is increasing day by day among adolescents and the dependency level is ranging from mild to moderate. The adolescents are suffering from many eye and ear problems due to excessive use of mobile as well as they are getting socially detached. The teachers and parents should take this with a serious note and guidance and counseling session to be organized to make the adolescents aware about the ill effect of mobile phones in their life.