Addiction to technological devices: Its effect on an individual’s health, lifestyle and social skills.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Abstract Modern technological devices have captured the attention of the world. The degree of dependency that most individuals have is leading to addiction to technological devices. Technology addiction is a mostly recent psychological phenomenon that has attracted the attention of the media and medical community. The study was designed to examine addiction to technological devices along with investigating its effect on an individual’s lifestyle, health and social skills. The aim of the study was to examine the time spent by individuals using technological devices, investigate the intentions behind the use of technological devices and services and to critically asses the impact of the addictive use of technological devices on individual’s health, lifestyle and social skills. Using both structured questionnaires and a semi structured focus group, primary data was collected from 158 respondents, aged between 18 and 35. The findings of the study show that 71% of all participant’s use some kind of technological device for more than 6 hours a day. The study also found that the devices were being used for the individuals pleasure rather than for a necessity. Overall it was found that the level of technological device usage can affect an individual’s behaviours which in turn can affect their own lifestyle, health and social skills. The study has revealed that the addictive behavioural traits, that are linked with the device usage, can have many negative impacts on an individual. The results of study have been interpreted based on current studies and theories.
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