How Smartphone influences the Lifestyle of School Children and Perception of Students on Smartphone

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJAR.2014.03.01.Art001

Authors : Roy Rillera Marzo, Ting Lik Sheng, Andrew Chiew Yung Kung


Objectives: The general objective of this study is to determine the extent of the influences of smartphones on school children and perception of school children on smartphones. This objective is to explore the social behavior, academic performance and health aspects.

Background: Smartphone addiction, its association with smartphone use, and its predictors have not yet been studied in a Muar, Johor sample. This study investigated the influences of smartphone and the perception of school children on smartphone in social behavior, academic performance and health aspects.

Methods: The study was carried out using convenient sampling method and using cross sectional study. Three primary schools were selected in Muar district. Each school are composed of Malay, Chinese and Tamil primary school. The questionnaire distributed were composed of 30 questions which include the social demographic, social behavior, academic performance and health aspect.

Results: Over half of the school children owned a smartphone. From the social behavior aspect, 145 students disagreed with having emotional changes while away from phone. 166 students supported the idea of not extending the time spent on smartphone. Form the academic performance aspect, over half of the respondents agreed to the idea of banning the usage of smartphone in school compound. From the health aspect, 123 students experienced neck pain after using smartphone for a long time; but, only less than half of the respondents (58) agreed to the idea of smartphone causes obesity.

Conclusion: Hypothesis failed. The school children are not easily influence by the smartphone and their perception on smartphone are good, as seem in the aspect of social behavior and academic performance. However, the students have a moderate perception on smartphone from the aspect of health.


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