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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50-56

Smartphone addiction among medical students in mansoura university

1 Department of Psychiatry, Port Said Psychiatry Hospital, Port Said
2 Department of Psychiatry, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
3 Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Mohamed Elwasify
Assistant Prof of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Departement of Psychiatry, Mansoura University, Mansoura 35516
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ejpsy.ejpsy_47_20

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Background In the past few years, there has been a growing attention to smartphone addictions. Various studies conducted within the past decade have analyzed the harmful effects of smartphone overuse on university students including medical students. Objective This cross-sectional study on 780 students estimated the prevalence of smartphone addiction and its associated factors in medical students of Mansoura University, Egypt. Patients and methods A self-administered questionnaire was completed to gather data about Problematic Use of Mobile Phones scale, sociodemographic characteristics, Depression Anxiety Stress Scale 21, Insomnia Severity Index, and feeling of loneliness (UCLA) questionnaire. Results The overall prevalence of smartphone addiction was 53.6%. The significant independent predictors of smartphone addiction are studying less than or equal to 4 h [adjusted odds ratio (AOR)=1.6], mild/moderate and severe/extreme severe depression (AOR=2.5 and 3.4, respectively), and severe/extreme severe stress (AOR=2.1). Conclusion Smartphone addiction is common among medical students and closely related to psychological problems.

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