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BAU Health and Innovation The Effects of Nomophobia on Posture, Anxiety, Sleep Quality, and Physical Activity in University Students [BAU Health Innov]
BAU Health Innov. 2023; 1(1): 12-17 | DOI: 10.14744/bauh.2023.54264

The Effects of Nomophobia on Posture, Anxiety, Sleep Quality, and Physical Activity in University Students

Gamze Demircioğlu1, Hazal Genç2
1Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Atlas University Faculty of Health Sciences, İstanbul, Türkiye
2Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Bahçeşehir University Faculty of Health Sciences, İstanbul, Türkiye

INTRODUCTION: Nomophobia, the fear of being without a cell phone, is prevalent among university students. This study aims to explore the effects of varying levels of nomophobia on posture, anxiety, sleep quality, and physical activity among this demographic.
METHODS: A total of 118 university students, aged 18 to 25, participated in this study. They were evaluated on different parameters. The Nomophobia Scale (NMP-Q) was used to measure nomophobia levels, while the International Physical Activity Questionnaire assessed physical activity levels. Sleep quality was evaluated using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), anxiety levels were determined with the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and posture was assessed using the New York Posture Rating Scale.
RESULTS: A moderate correlation was found between the BAI and NMP-Q scores (r=0.306; p<0.001), and a positive correlation existed between BAI and PSQI scores (r=0.356; p<0.001). No statistically significant associations were observed between the other variables (p≥0.005).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: This study highlights the impact of increased cell phone use on anxiety, sleep quality, physical activity, and posture among university students. It was found that nomophobia levels are associated with anxiety and sleep quality but not with physical activity levels or posture. Future research should explore intervention methods to address this growing public concern.

Keywords: Anxiety, nomophobia, physical activity, posture, university students.

Gamze Demircioğlu, Hazal Genç. The Effects of Nomophobia on Posture, Anxiety, Sleep Quality, and Physical Activity in University Students. BAU Health Innov. 2023; 1(1): 12-17

Corresponding Author: Gamze Demircioğlu, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English