Smartphone addiction linked to loss of concentration: survey


The study indicates that the frequency of use of the device by children during their studies almost exactly mirrored the frequency with which they felt a loss of concentration.



Basant Kumar Mohanty

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New Delhi

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Posted on 12.13.21, 03:11 AM


More than a third of schoolchildren regularly check their smartphones while in school, according to a survey that found a strong correlation between smartphone addiction and loss of focus.

The survey commissioned by the National Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child also found that 23.8% of schoolchildren use smartphones in bed before falling asleep, a trend that scientific studies have linked with insomnia and attention deficit disorder.

The frequency of smartphone use by children during their studies almost exactly mirrored how often they experienced loss of concentration, according to the study.

Some 78.9% of children surveyed said they had up to two hours of internet use on smartphones each day, playing games, listening to music and chatting. Another 15.4 percent said they used smartphones 2-4 hours a day, and 5.3 percent said they used more than 4 hours a day.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization, screen time for young children should not exceed two hours per day.

The survey found that 37.8% and 24.3% of 10-year-olds have Facebook and Instagram accounts, respectively, in violation of the 13-year-old lower age limit set by social media platforms.

“Social media platforms contain and disseminate such a variety of content, much of which is neither appropriate nor conducive to children,” says the survey report on “Effects of mobile phone use and others. devices with Internet on schoolchildren ”.

“It can be violent or vulgar content, online abuse and bullying of children. Therefore, in this regard, proper monitoring and stricter enforcement are needed. “

The survey, conducted earlier this year, involved 5,811 respondents, including 3,491 schoolchildren aged 8 to 18 as well as 1,534 parents and 786 teachers from 60 schools in Delhi, Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, Telangana and Maharashtra. .

Of those surveyed, 60 percent were from metropolitan cities while 25 percent were from other urban areas and the remaining 15 percent were from rural areas.

The survey found that 62.6 percent of children accessed the Internet through their parents’ phones while 30.2 percent already had their own smartphones.

Of those with access to smartphones, 94.8 percent have used gadgets for online learning. Other top uses included messaging apps like WhatsApp (40%), music (31.3%), and games (20.8%).

Overall, 42.9% of children reported having social media accounts. Of those with such accounts, 36.8% used Facebook and 45.5% used Instagram.

About 76.2 percent of parents said they set time limits for the use of Internet devices by their children.

The survey suggested that parents limit their children’s web browsing and educate them about cybercrime and the risks of data sharing on internet platforms.

He recommended that larger portions of land in communities be designated as playgrounds for children to encourage them to participate in physical sports. Mobile gaming is taking its toll on children’s health, according to the report.

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