Smartphone Usage, Social Relations and Life Satisfaction of Hong Kong College Students
Does smartphone usage relate to individual well-being? This study examined the relationship between smartphone usage, social relations and life satisfaction of Hong Kong college students. A cross-sectional survey study was administered to 244 male and 399 female college students aged 18–27 years from nine universities in Hong Kong. Results indicated that smartphone usage had a negative association with peer relations and family relations, while it had a positive relationship with life satisfaction. Moreover, peer and family relations were positively associated with life satisfaction. These results suggested that smartphone usage had a positive direct relationship with life satisfaction and a negative indirect relationship with it. Finally, peer and family relations were found to suppress the positive association between smartphone usage and life satisfaction.
KeywordsSmartphone usage Life satisfaction Social relations College students
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