Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2020 , Vol 11, Issue 4
A Comparison of Nomophobia and Social Anxiety Levels of University Students
Ayşe Gürol1,Serap Ejder Apay2,Süreyya Özdemir3,Seval Uslu3,Ramazan Güven4
1Erzurum Teknik Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Erzurum, Türkiye
2Atatürk Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Erzurum, Türkiye
3Atatürk Üniversitesi, Sağlık Hizmetleri Meslek Yüksekokulu, Erzurum, Türkiye
4Sağlık Bilimleri Üniversitesi, Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, İstanbul, Türkiye
DOI : 10.31067/0.2020.321 Objectives: The aim of this study is to determine and compare the nomophobia and social anxiety levels of university students.

Method: The descriptive and cross-sectional study was carried out between April and June 2017 at Atatürk University. 703 university students who used smartphones and agreed to participate in the study were included in it. Personal Information Form, Nomophobia Scale and the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale were used for data collection. Before starting the study, it received the ethics committee approval and written permission in which the study was carried out. Data were analysed using SPSS 20.0 package program.

Findings: 78.38% of the students were female, 21.62% were male and 54.62% were 1st-grade students. 31.86% of students reported using smartphones over 5 years and 8.25% reported using smartphones for the last one year. It was determined that students" general weighted grade point average was 2.57±0.68 and 75.28±25.38 points from Nomophobia Scale, 50.68±12.67 scores from social phobic fear subscale of the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale, and 50.00±13.89 from social phobic avoidance subscale. A statistically significant positive correlation was found between the total scores of the Nomophobia Scale and the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (r=0.195, p<0.05; r=0.193, p<0.05).

Result: According to the findings, it was found that the students" nomophobia levels were above the average. Considering the high rate of using mobile devices in young people, it can be said that our country has a new social problem. Keywords : Anxiety, nomophobia, student, social, university