What is it about?

It determined the prevalence of smartphone addiction and to investigate the relationship between smartphone addiction and functional neck disability among the students of Taif University during a COVID-19 pandemic.

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Why is it important?

During COVID-19 pandemic, it seems there is no enough research that has investigated the relationship between musculoskeletal disorders and smartphone addiction among university students. Furthermore, it is worthy to study the physical disorders associated with smartphone use and identify whether they are a risk factor for musculoskeletal disabilities or not, with consideration of the students’ gender, age, and college categories as, most of the previous studies were conducted on medical students.


The universities should incorporate awareness programs directed to students to learn how to use smartphones properly to avoid its negative physical effects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Which will decrease the prevalence of smartphone addiction, and its related functional neck disability, which will improve the well-being of the university students.

Prof. Dr. Amr Almaz Abdel-aziem
Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University

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This page is a summary of: The Relationship between Smartphone Addiction and Functional Neck Disability among University Students during COVID-19 Pandemic, Clinical and Experimental Health Sciences, September 2023, Marmara Medical Journal,
DOI: 10.33808/clinexphealthsci.1116402.
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