Internet Addiction by Using the Smartphone-Relationships between Internet Addiction, Frequency of Smartphone Use and the State of Mind of Male and Female Students

Liron Ben-Yehuda, Liel Greenberg and Aviv Weinstein

 

Abstract

Objective: In recent years, the use of Smartphones got a lot of attention due to their possible physiological, psychological and behavioral effects. The aim of the present study was to examine the relationships between Smartphone use, Internet addiction and level of interest of users by assessing differences in frequency of Smartphone use in three different situations (boredom, passive activity and active activity) among male and female students.
Procedure: The sample consisted of 40 participants – 20 women and 20 men, University students age range 21-29, who were recruited by convenience sampling. The experiment was conducted in three conditions: state of boredom, passive activity and active activity in counter-balanced order. Before the experiment participants completed Internet addiction, Visual Analog Scales (VAS) and Smartphone Addiction Scale (SAS) questionnaires. After each experimental condition participants completed the VAS questionnaire.
Results: There was a correlation between the frequency of Smartphone use and Internet addiction. High frequency of Internet use rather than type of activity or gender predicted Smartphone addiction.
Conclusions: The use of the Smartphone may be associated with Internet addiction and is not influenced by any interest or involvement in daily activities. This may be a result of compulsive use of the Internet.

Published on: June 30, 2016
doi: 10.17756/jrdsas.2016-024
Citation: Ben-Yehuda L, Greenberg L, Weinstein A. 2016. Internet Addiction by Using the Smartphone-Relationships between Internet Addiction, Frequency of Smartphone Use and the State of Mind of Male and Female Students.J Reward Defic Syndr Addict Sci 2(1): 22-27.
 
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