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There is an exponential increase of apprehension in the uptake, affordances and the excessive use of smartphones by multiple categories of users and the impact on the society. The research evaluates excessive use within a user community in a developing country landscape.

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The fundamental results showed that the increase in the volume of activities such as online games, virtual world games and social media was responsible for excessive use. The findings provided an understanding of the relationship between depression-like behaviour and anxiety and shed new light on the influence of excessive use, smartphone stress and depression-related symptoms on students. The study outlined the implications of the results for prevention and regulation.


Many strands of the society rely more than ever on the use of their smartphones to make some sense of current uncertainties. Before COVID-19, youths - students are often seen as overindulging in the use of smartphones. It is not a surprise that many researcher report similarities between substance abuse and smartphone overuse or depression related smartphone use experiences. Consequently, this paper unpacks and sheds more light on the underlying factors that lead to excessive use of smartphones and examines any links to drug abuse.

Dr Gbolahan Olasina
University of KwaZulu-Natal

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This page is a summary of: Exploring the factors of excessive smartphone use by undergraduate students, Knowledge Management & E-Learning An International Journal, March 2021, Laboratory for Knowledge Management and E-Learning - The University of Hong Kong,
DOI: 10.34105/j.kmel.2021.13.007.
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