Digital Overload The Impact of Excessive Gadget Use on Young Adults
Dr Yeshaswini
Effects, Technological Use and Overuse, Young adults
Studying technological addictive behaviours is a relatively new area of research among many psychological researchers. The Objective of the present study was to study the impact of excessive gadget use among young adults. The study adopted a qualitative research method to identify the specific dimensions and sub areas of impact associated with the use and overuse of technological gadget. Using the Purposive sampling method a total of 405 data’s, 341 between the age range of 18-25years and 64 stalk holders between the age of 16-17years and 26-59years were collected. The responses were analysed through thematic analysis to inductively describe the impact of excessive technological use on young adults. The results indicated that excessive use of gadget impacts 4 dimensions of individual functioning namely changes in Daily Routine Activity, Physical Impact, Psychological Impact which includes Behavioural and Emotional Changes and Social Impact. The results also indicated that there is a specific path of movement of these effects as an onset sign and symptom for technological addiction. These results provide a referral framework to understand the impact of excessive technological gadget use, it can be used for self-evaluation by the excessive users and aid the therapists in planning intervention.
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Unique Paper ID: 162349

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 10, Issue 9

Page(s): 299 - 304
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