Prevalence and Factors Associated with Smartphone Addiction Among Adolescents-A Nationwide Study in Malaysia

Kai Wei, Lee and Siew Mooi, Ching and Norsiah, Ali and Chor Yau, Ooi and Shahnul, Kamal Hj Sidek and Azlin, Amat and Yusnita, Yatim and Zaiton, Yahya and Nabihah, Shamsuddin and Idora, Ibrahim and Fauzia, Abdul Majid and Fazlin Suhana, Othman and Nik Suhaila, Zakaria and Artini, Abidin and Nor Hazlin, Talib and Dhashani, Sivaratnam (2022) Prevalence and Factors Associated with Smartphone Addiction Among Adolescents-A Nationwide Study in Malaysia. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion. pp. 1-12. ISSN 2049-8543 (In Press)

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Smartphone ownership among adolescents is getting common in this decade especially in Malaysia; Adolescent are strongly devoted to their smartphone and this may lead to smartphone addiction. Studies have reported that smartphone addiction has become an emerging social and health problem especially among the youth in many countries however there is lack of study among adolescents in Malaysia. This study aimed to examine the prevalence and factors associated with smartphone addiction among adolescents in Malaysia. This was a cross-sectional study involving adolescents from 15 primary care clinics throughout the country. Respondents were assessed on their smartphone activities using the Malaysian short version of the Smartphone addiction scale (SAS-M-SV). Multiple logistic regression was used to determine the predictors of smartphone addiction among adolescents. The study was conducted among 921 adolescents with 49.6% male (n = 457). The mean age of adolescents was 16.4 ± 2.4 years. The ethnicity distribution were 74.6% Malay, 7.3% Chinese, 4.7% Indian and 13.4% other ethnicities. The prevalence of smartphone addiction was 37.1% (342/921); 37.4% in male and 36.9% in female. Based on multiple logistic regression analysis, longer duration of smartphone use per week was associated with higher odds of smartphone addiction among adolescent (odd ratio = 1.005%, 95% confidence interval = 1.000–1.009, p-value = 0.039). Smartphone addiction is present in nearly four in ten adolescents in Malaysia. Adolescents who spend longer duration in smartphone usage per week were associated with higher odds of having smartphone addiction. Parents should be more alert and vigilant about this finding. Hence, parents should limit their children from spending too much of time with smartphone in order to prevent their children from getting smartphone addiction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Addiction; smartphone; adolescents; malaysia; internet.
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Yau
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2022 01:30
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2022 02:41

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