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A team of researchers has found that nearly 40% of students surveyed exhibited symptoms of addiction to their smartphones. In their paper published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, the researchers describe their study and what they found.

In a large UK study, researchers investigated the relationship between smartphone addiction and sleep quality in a young adult population.

They undertook a large UK cross-sectional observational study of 1043 participants aged 18 to 30. Participants completed the Smartphone Addiction Scale Short Version, an adapted Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Score Index, and reported smartphone use reduction strategies using both in-person and online questionnaires. A crude and adjusted logistic regression was fitted to assess risk factors for smartphone addiction, and the association between smartphone addiction and poor sleep.

One thousand seventy-one questionnaires were returned, of which 1043 participants were included, with a median age of 21.1. Seven hundred and sixty-three were female, and 406 reported smartphone addiction. A large proportion of participants disclosed poor sleep, and in those with smartphone addiction, 68.7% had poor sleep quality, compared to 57.1% of those without. Smartphone addiction was associated with poor sleep.

In particular, using a validated instrument, 39% of young adults reported smartphone addiction. Smartphone addiction was associated with poor sleep, independent of the duration of usage, indicating that length of time should not be used as a proxy for harmful usage.

Frontiers in Psychiatry
Source: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2021.629407
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