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Factors Contributing to Mobile Phone Dependence amongst Young People: Educational Implications

Version 1 : Received: 28 February 2020 / Approved: 29 February 2020 / Online: 29 February 2020 (09:41:22 CET)

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Martínez-Sánchez, I.; Goig-Martínez, R.M.; Álvarez-Rodríguez, J.; Fernández-Cruz, M. Factors Contributing to Mobile Phone Dependence Amongst Young People—Educational Implications. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2554. Martínez-Sánchez, I.; Goig-Martínez, R.M.; Álvarez-Rodríguez, J.; Fernández-Cruz, M. Factors Contributing to Mobile Phone Dependence Amongst Young People—Educational Implications. Sustainability 2020, 12, 2554.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2020, 12, 2554
DOI: 10.3390/su12062554

Abstract

The use of mobile devices facilitates access to knowledge and is at the base of the education of the future. Although the digital society has contributed a number of benefits, however, it has also been associated with worrying behaviours. The study design consisted of a quantitative approach that was descriptive, inferential and ex post-facto in nature. Its purpose was to better understand the opinion of young people regarding mobile phone use and describe dependence deriving from regular use. The sample was formed of 420 students from the Faculty of Education at the University of Granada. Results indicate that mobile phone use has displaced use of other technologies such as the television, and is associated with communication and recreational activities. In addition, a profile was identified for young people at greater risk of developing a dependence on their mobile devices. This profile constituted females, mobile phone users with recreational motives and individuals who exceeded mobile phone use by more than six hours a day. To improve the educational use of mobile phone, prevention and intervention plans must be designed which ensure correct management of this device, taking advantage of the benefits it offers whilst avoiding problems derived from inappropriate use.

Subject Areas

information and communication technology; mobile phones; dependence; youth

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