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Title: Implications of smartphone addiction on university students in urban, suburban and rural areas

Authors: Oliver Daoud; Jacques Bou Abdo; Jacques Demerjian

Addresses: Center of Advanced Technology Development, Deir el Qamar, Shouf, Lebanon ' Computer Science Department, Notre Dame University, Mar Abda Street, Deir el Qamar, Shouf, Lebanon ' LaRRIS, Faculty of Sciences, Lebanese University, Fanar, Lebanon

Abstract: Smartphones are excellent connection tools that can join family members, continents apart, over a chat or birthday, but can hinder the communication between people in the same room. The different reactions to smartphones can be due to personal, cultural, economic or a combination of multiple factors with variable impacts. Several studies analysed the effects of smartphones on mental health as well as well-being. The limitation of most of these studies falls in the selected sample where all the respondents are assumed to belong to a coherent society/region. In this work, we categorise each respondent, based on his/her location, into urban, suburban or rural. The purpose of this study is to show that the relation between smartphone addiction and all the other factors varies with respect to the region or location.

Keywords: smartphone addiction; stress; life satisfaction; academic performance; university students.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEED.2021.111653

International Journal of Education Economics and Development, 2021 Vol.12 No.1, pp.17 - 26

Accepted: 28 Feb 2020
Published online: 26 Oct 2020 *

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