A study to assess ill effects of prolonged use of mobile phones among nursing students

Authors:  Mrs. Autade Yogita P. Lecturer

VIMS Health Sci Journal: 2014, ( 4) | Abstract | pdf PDF Full Article | DOI:

Abstract:

Background: Mobiles phones have been tremendous assistance to all of us. The adoption of the mobile phone by young people has been a global phenomenon in recent years. Concerns continue to be raised about potential ill health impacts associated with the mobile phone use. This range from cancer and cognitive deficiencies to subjective effects .Aims and Objectives:  The study was conducted to assess the ill effects of prolonged use of mobile phones among nursing students.  The data were collected from 60 nursing students who is using mobile phones. Data was collected with the   help of self prepared modified rating scale and data was analyzed and results were interpreted by using descriptive and inferential statistics. Result: The study found that the maximum female (71.66%) uses mobile phones. It was found that (62.66%) subject have mild physiological and (53.33% ) moderate  psychological ill effects due to use of mobile phones. There was significant association between average time spend on use of mobile phone and physiological, psychological ill effects .There was no significant association with prolonged use of mobile phones and age, gender, per capita income, and area of residence.(P value less than 0.05 level).

Conclusion: The study concludes that mobile phones play a large part in the daily life of nursing  students which evidenced by adverse effects of mobile phone use. Its time to make awareness in the students about on the use of mobile phones is a risk factor for health hazards. The study concluded that there is a need to further uncover underlying factors that influence students’ mobiles phone behavior, and the consequences.