New Zealand Youth and Their Relationships with Mobile Phone Technology
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This study aimed to qualitatively explore the relationship between young people and mobile phones, with a specific focus on problematic use. Five focus groups were undertaken, comprising 45 participants aged 13 to 18. Focus groups were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. The data were thematically analysed using a general inductive approach. The analysis revealed five main themes, relating to the practicality of using a mobile phone, socialisation via mobile phones, harm caused by use of mobile phone technology, and the development of attachment and addiction to a mobile phone. The findings suggested that young people recognise problematic behaviour in relation to mobile phone use, and note that such behaviour is linked to physical, social and psychological consequences. This study provides a platform for further inquiry into the subject of problematic mobile phone use.
KeywordsMobile phones Addiction Young people New Zealand Qualitative
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