A study of relationship between hours spent on smartphone and pathological behavior among adolescents
Keywords:Hrs. spent on Smartphone, Problematic Smartphone Usage Pathological Behavior, Psychopathology, Mental Illness, Adolescents
AbstractSmartphone has made modern life quite easy and comfortable. But, apart from this, almost everyone is worried about how it has made us inactive, people are quite active in virtual world, but aren’t doing much in real life. As people are coming closer in virtual world through internet, their communication in real life is also weakening. This is a major concern for many psychologists in present date. Therefore, researcher was curious to find if spending more time on smartphones is related to any pathological behavior? The present study was conducted to identify relationship between hours spent on smartphone and pathological behaviors. 300 adolescents participated in this research through purposive sampling. A positive relationship was found between hrs. spent on smartphone and some pathological behaviors. Spending excessive time on smartphone could be a manifestation of one’s proneness to mental illnesses, thus, can be helpful to make plans for prevention of adolescents from future mental illnesses and deal with their life in a healthy way. Also, the nature of smartphone usage brings certain changes in one’s life, which could be an obstacle from engaging into behaviors that are required for a good health, which, in turn, inclines a person towards particular pathological behaviors.
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