Prevalence of Smartphone Addiction during COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown and Its Impact on Online Learning in Kathmandu

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  • Rocky Maharjan Mangal Multiple Campus, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/mrj.v2i1.43575

Keywords:

Smatrphone addiction, Covid-19 pandemic, durationof use, age, gender, online learning

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown has encouraged students to use their smartphones in online classes and stay connected increasingly. Youths are using smartphone in COVID-19 pandemic more often than before. The present study aims to find prevalence of smartphone addiction during COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on BBA students' online learning in Kathmandu district. The questionnaire with Smartphone Addiction Scale- Short Version (SAS-SV) and smartphone using pattern was circulated through emails to collect data from four hundred students of 8 different BBA colleges in Kathmandu district using a convenience sampling method. After omitting incomplete data and exclusion criteria, overall 280 responses including 123 males and 157 females were recorded at a response rate of 70%. The result found the mean score of smartphone addiction of 34.67±9.29. Nearly half participants 48.93% (n=137) were found smartphone addicted. The study further revealed that gender was not associated with smartphone addiction but the time spent on smartphone in a day and age group was significantly associated with smartphone addiction. This study found that smartphone use is a contributing element to the success of online learning during COVID-19 pandemic. These results suggest the need to develop educational programme to educate the students to use smartphone effectively.

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Published

2021-12-31

How to Cite

Maharjan, R. . (2021). Prevalence of Smartphone Addiction during COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown and Its Impact on Online Learning in Kathmandu. Mangal Research Journal, 2(1), 47–58. https://doi.org/10.3126/mrj.v2i1.43575

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