Smartphone Addiction and Its Impact on Knowledge, Cognitive, and Psychomotor Skills of the Dental Students at Jazan University
Syed Nahid Basheer, Tahani Mohammed Arishi, Nasreen Albar, Syed Wali Peeran, Syed Ali Peeran, Mohammed Zameer
Psychomotor skills, Smartphone addiction,Dental students
Citation Information :
Basheer SN, Arishi TM, Albar N, Peeran SW, Peeran SA, Zameer M. Smartphone Addiction and Its Impact on Knowledge, Cognitive, and Psychomotor Skills of the Dental Students at Jazan University. World J Dent 2020; 11 (6):468-473.
Aim: Impact of smartphone (SP) addiction on knowledge, cognitive, and psychomotor skills of dental students at Jazan University.
Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 100 students (male and female) in the dentistry college, Jazan University. A validated questionnaire was used to collect the data of SP usage to check its addiction among the studied subjects. Participation in the study was voluntary. Once the responses from the participating students were obtained; they were classified as SP-addicted and SP non-addicted students. Later, their performance in the theory exam (for knowledge and cognitive skills) and clinical exam (for psychomotor skills) along with their addiction status and gender were correlated and compared by doing statistical analysis using the Chi-square test.
Results: The results showed no significant negative impact of SP addiction on knowledge, cognitive, and psychomotor skills of dental students at Jazan University.
Conclusion: This is the first study known to the authors that deals with the effects of SP addiction on the knowledge, cognitive, and psychomotor skills of dental students. The limitations of this study warrant further studies in this regard with a larger sample size and better design to further study the effects of SP use and addiction and make evidence-based recommendations on the use of SP and its effects on operative dentistry skills among dentists.
Clinical significance: Understanding the effects of SP addiction on knowledge, cognitive, and psychomotor skills will help in modifying the behavior related to the use of SPs by dental students and improve their academic performance.
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