ADDICTION TO MOBILE PHONES AMONG POSTGRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Keywords:Addiction, Mobile phone, Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Students
Teenagers are now more likely to experience a new type of health disorder in this area, and Smartphone addiction is forcing health policymakers worldwide to reconsider this quickly developing problem. Hence, with this observation, the present study intends to know the status of college and university-going students of Gangtok District of Sikkim regarding their addiction to mobile phones. The sample size of the study was 100 students (50 from PG & 50 from UG). In this study, simple random sampling was applied. In addition, the tool used for this study was the Mobile Phone Addiction Scale (MPAS) developed by. A. Velayudhan and S. Srividya in 2012. The data were analyzed in a Microsoft excel sheet by using various statistical techniques like percentage, frequency, mean, standard deviation, and t-test was calculated to see the difference. The study revealed that the majority of both, postgraduate and undergraduate students of Gangtok District of Sikkim, were found to have a moderate addiction to mobile phones (61%). These days students seem to be engaged with their mobile phones more often. Therefore, it is necessary to become aware of mobile phone addiction and to obtain knowledge as to how to prevent addictions to mobile phones, particularly among students of Sikkim.
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