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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-32

Prevalence of nomophobia among college students: An exploratory cross-sectional survey

1 Nursing Officer, State Health Corporation, Mohali, Punjab, India
2 Associate Professor, University College of Nursing, BFUHS, Faridkot, Punjab, India
3 Assistant Professor, University College of Nursing, BFUHS, Faridkot, Punjab, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sushil Kumar Maheshwari
University College of Nursing, BFUHS, Faridkot, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IOPN.IOPN_21_19

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Background: Mobile phones have become an important part of everyone's lives. In recent times, there seems to have been a transformation of the mobile phone from a status symbol to a necessity because of the countless advantages it provides. Excessive and addicting use of mobile phone, especially smart phone results in physical and psychological symptoms such as loneliness, interpersonal anxiety, poor self-control, and low self-esteem. Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence of nomophobia among smart phone using collegegoing undergraduate and post graduate students. Methodology: Quantitative, exploratory research approach with cross-sectional survey design was used to assess the degree of nomophobia in 300 conveniently selected college students of Faridkot, Punjab using sociodemographic datasheet and Nomophobia Questionnaire. Results: This study found that 99.7% of the collegegoing students had nomophobia. One-third (32.7%) of the college students had severe level, 59.9% had moderate level, and 7.1% of the individuals had mild level of nomophobia. Conclusion: It is concluded that 99.7% of the participants were suffering from nomophobia. People with excessive smartphone use are at high risk of developing nomophobia. Further, more attention should be given for the early detection and intervention for treat nomophobia.

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