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The effect of smartphone usage on physical capacity in young people


Uskudar Universitesi, Saglik Bilimleri Fakultesi, Fizyoterapi ve Rehabilitasyon Bolumu


Istanbul Bilgi Universitesi, Saglik Bilimleri Fakultesi, Ergoterapi Bolumu

Alpha Psychiatry 2019; 20: 499-505
DOI: 10.5455/apd.22386
Read: 290 Downloads: 199 Published: 01 October 2019

Objective: As a necessity of modern life, the duration of smartphone usage is getting longer. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the levels of smart phone use and physical activity and exercise capacities among university students aged 18-25. Methods: Ninety-three volunteer persons (female=50, male=43) who ages between 18 and 25 years participated in the study. Having collected participants’ demographics informa-tion, smartphone addiction level was assessed by the Smartphone Addiction Scale-Short Version, physical activity level was assessed by International Physical Activity Questionnaire-Short Form and exercise capacities were assessed by 6 Minute Walk Test. Results: It was found that 52.69% of the participants defined themselves as addicted to smartphone use. There was no significant difference in the level of smartphone addiction between male and female individuals. There was no significant difference between participants' daily use of smartphones and physical capacity. However, 67.8% of smartphone users decreased their physical activity levels independently of duration. Conclusion: Our study finds that smartphone usage does not affect the physical capacity of the young age group however, it seems that it may lead to physical inactivity as a psychosocial problem. [Anadolu Psikiyatri Derg 2019; 20(5.000): 499-505]

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