Socio-Psychological Dimensions of Mobile Phone Addiction and Usage Patterns amongst Teenagers in Higher Institutions of Learning in Kwara State

Socio-Psychological Dimensions of Mobile Phone Addiction and Usage Patterns amongst Teenagers in Higher Institutions of Learning in Kwara State

Afolayan Oluyinka Titilope (Department of Information and Communication Science, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/ijicte.2014040101

Abstract

Mobile phone addiction is now a common phenomenon in the 21st century, especially among teenagers due to the unusual cravings in the use of technological devices. In view of this phenomenon, the study examined the socio-psychological dimensions of mobile phone addiction and usage patterns amongst teenagers in three Higher Institutions of Learning in Kwara State, Nigeria. Descriptive and inferential statistical tools were utilized to analyze data collected on a sample size of 321 undergraduate teenage students whose selection were based on simple random sampling technique across three Higher Institutions of Learning which were the University of Ilorin, Kwara state University, and Al-Hikmah University respectively. Findings from the data analyses revealed uniformity in the usage patterns of teenagers in the use of their mobile devices. Significant positive relationships were also established between mobile addiction and socio-psychological dimensions such as loneliness, boredom, egoism, and self-independence at varying significant levels.
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Statement Of Problem

Because mobile phones are indispensable tools to teenagers, exposure to these devices could lead to addictive behavior with underlying social and psychological implications. Mobile addiction had been on the increase due to the usefulness and attractiveness of this device to teenagers in particular. More so, mobile addiction may affect the psychological, emotional, and social well-being of teenagers that could lead to deviant behavior. The focus of this research paper is to unravel the social psychological dimensions influencing mobile phone addiction and usage patterns amongst teenagers to check the excessiveness in mobile phone use. This current study is relevant due to the dearth of empirical studies on mobile phone addiction amongst teenagers in Nigeria’s Higher Institutions of Learning. More so, the literature has revealed that most of the research investigations on mobile phone addiction amongst youths emanate from countries outside Nigeria; therefore this study concentrates on the Nigerian environment and its peculiarities to teenagers. In view of this, the overall objective of this current study is to delve into social- psychological dimensions underlying mobile phone addiction and usage patterns amongst teenagers in Higher Institutions of Learning in Ilorin, Kwara State.

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