Academic journal article The Journal of Educational Research

Problematic Mobile Phone Use, Academic Procrastination and Academic Performance of College Students

Academic journal article The Journal of Educational Research

Problematic Mobile Phone Use, Academic Procrastination and Academic Performance of College Students

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Introduction

The purpose of the study was to explore the effects of excessive usage of mobile phones on academic procrastination and academic performance among college students. Generally, it is observed that students look crazy in using mobiles, ignoring its worst effects on their academic record. Problematic mobile phone utilization has been defined as the deviant usage of mobile phone in terms of time duration and also for the type of content that is consumed through mobile phone. This behavior has been construed as the compulsion which leads its users to feel bound and impulsively consume it, mimicking the effects of addiction. Thus, the time duration as well as the nature of content used through mobile phones somehow, makes it problematic (Beranuy, Oberst, Carbonell, & Chamarro, 2009).

Problematic-mobile-phone use is to be held with painstaking concerns by academicians and parents since this leads to wide array of psychological issues of grave nature. There have been some western empirical studies elaborating that compulsive usage of mobile phones cause significant worry, distress, demotivation patterns, low selfesteem, depression, and unhealthy lifestyle practices. These unhealthy practices are further elaborated as disordered eating, irregular and unhealthy sleep patterns, mealskipping, innumerable intriguing sexual neurotic accomplices, poorer relaxation propensities, smoking, and illegitimate drug utilization (Ezoe, Toda, Yoshimura, Naritomi, Den, & Morimoto, 2009).

There have been some significant studies on problematic mobile-phone use. One such study by Jumoke, Oloruntoba and Blessing (2015) explored that mobile phone use was significantly and negatively related to academic performance of the students. Their findings highlighted that academic performance of the students usually gets impaired due to excessive internet usage through mobile phones.

With advent of technological enrichment, the compulsion of using Wi-Fi/internet-equipped mobile phone has become one of the pivotal behavioral addiction among people and somehow looms large as significant non-drug addictions pattern. Compulsive Mobile phone usage involves behavioral urges to use the mobile at the cost of one's ease, comfort and these hankering patterns of usage are compulsive in nature, demanding from its user to habitually and frequently indulge into them. Compulsive mobile-phone sufferers have to face alienation, confused and deluded status of reality, social isolation/ asocial patterns and financial and time losses (Ahmed, Qazi, & Perji, 2011) yet the fact stays eminent that behavior addiction of these sorts have so far not been made a part of any behavior disorders' classification system (Choliz, 2010).

Mobile phone dependent internet usage has become much more indispensable among youth as there are various applications introduced, which are needed to function in daily life such as educational, commutation and health apps (Nurullah, 2009). There are newer avenues of socialization that have been introduced due to this. Majority of the undergraduate students like to correspond with their friends through Social Networking Sites (SNS) based apps. No doubt, mobile phone utilization is a preferred means of communication among college students; though this has been commonly being observed that this has taken the form of nuisance when its usage start turning into an impediment in their functional lives. Most of college students get distracted and their studies adversely get affected. They start indulging into tardiness, diversion, report lack of concentration and are found to have poor physical and psychological functioning due to lack of sleep (Massimini & Peterson, 2009). A study by Lepp, Barkley, and Karpinski (2015) exposed the association between compulsive mobile phone usage and academic performance among college students. They found that compulsive mobile phone use was significantly and negatively related to academic performance of the college students. …

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