Smartphone Use and Addiction among Secondary School Students in Kuantan, Malaysia


  • Siew Pien Lee Kulliyyah of Nursing, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
  • Hanis Athirah Zamimi Kulliyyah of Nursing, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Sharifah Munirah Syed Elias Kulliyyah of Nursing, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Ashikin Atan Kulliyyah of Nursing, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Norafisyah Makhdzir Faculty of Medicine and Health, Universiti Putra Malaysia



Secondary School Students, Smartphone Use, Smartphone Addiction.


Background: Smartphone addiction has become a social problem in Malaysia as smartphone users increase drastically. Previous study revealed that smartphone addiction has a negative effect on the physical and psychosocial of a human being. Aims: This study aims to examine smartphone use and addiction among secondary school students. Methods: A cross-sectional study was employed involving 203 secondary school children at a secondary school in Malaysia. A set of a questionnaire consisting of two parts was used; (1) Part A: Sociodemographic, (2) Part B: Smartphone Addiction Scale in Malay version (SAS-M). Results: Finding from this study showed that there was a long duration of smartphones use was detected during the weekend with more than three hours per day and social media (81.8%) was the frequently visited function in the smartphones. These group of students were not addicted to smartphones, however, more than half of the students (57.6%) have a high risk of smartphones addiction. There is also a significant negative weak correlation between smartphone use and smartphone addiction during weekday and weekend with (p < 0.05; r2 -0.354, -0.360), respectively. Conclusion: This study provides insight into the use of smartphone and smartphone addiction in secondary school students from a Malaysian perspective.

Author Biography

Sharifah Munirah Syed Elias, Kulliyyah of Nursing, International Islamic University Malaysia

Department of Special Care Nursing


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How to Cite

Lee, S. P., Zamimi, H. A., Syed Elias, S. M., Atan, A., & Makhdzir, N. (2021). Smartphone Use and Addiction among Secondary School Students in Kuantan, Malaysia. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CARE SCHOLARS, 4(1), 36–41.