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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

October 17 -19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA
NWC 2023

Maysoun Hussein Ali Atoum

Speaker at Nursing Conference - Maysoun Hussein Ali Atoum
The Hashemite University, Jordan
Title : Prevalence and factors associated with the use of electronic devices among adolescents: A cross-sectional study


Introduction: In recent decades, there has been a growing concern over problematic electronic device (e-device) use, characterized by excessive internet access and poorly controlled impulses, leading to impairment and distress. Despite the widespread accessibility of e-devices, challenges related to problematic usage remain underrecognized, particularly in low-income countries like Jordan. This study aims to assess the prevalence of e-device use, examine the relationship between duration of electronic use and psychological scores, and explore strategies for managing e-device dependency among adolescents.

Design: This study utilized a cross-sectional descriptive design with a multiple-stage cluster sampling technique. A total of 485 adolescents were selected as participants. Data collection involved the use of self-administered structured questionnaires, which measured variables such as e-device usage time, depression, anxiety, stress (using the DASS-21), and perceived social support (using MSPSS). The data were analyzed using SPSS version 22.

Results: The findings revealed that nearly all participants reported using e-devices for an average of five hours per day. A significant percentage (20.2%) of the participants experienced mild to extremely severe levels of depression, while 37.9% and 17% experienced anxiety and moderate stress levels, respectively. Female participants exhibited higher psychological impairment scores compared to males, and family emerged as the primary source of perceived social support. Gender differences were assessed using independent sample t-tests. Bivariate and multivariate linear regression analyses were conducted, with the duration of e-device use as the independent variable and associated factors as the dependent variables. The first regression model showed that increased duration of e-device uses significantly predicted poorer psychological scores, even after controlling for other variables. However, this model explained only about 20% of the variance in the dependent variable. The second regression model indicated that e-device use time predicted perceived social support scores specifically from family. The variables in this model accounted for approximately 23% of the variance in the dependent variable.

Conclusion: This study highlights a high prevalence of e-device use among adolescents and identifies various factors associated with increased e-device dependency. It emphasizes the need for adolescents to develop strategies for managing healthy e-device practices. By addressing these issues, educators and stakeholders can promote positive e-device use habits and improve the overall well-being of adolescents.

Keywords: Electronic devices, Adolescents, Psychological distress, Perceived Social Support

Audience Take Away Notes:

  • In recent decades, the problem of electronic device (e-device) use has been characterized by poorly controlled impulses or addiction behaviors regarding excessive e-device use which leads to impairment or distress. Despite this, various challenges relate to problematic e-device use, which remains underrecognized by stakeholders, especially in low-income countries, including Jordan.
  • Behavioral addictions have serious negative consequences on physical, psychological, social, and financial well-being specially adolescence.
  • The students, parents and teachers need to identify strategies for managing healthy practices of e-device use.


Dr. Maysoun Atoum is a passionate nursing teacher with 22 years of experience in nursing education at Hashemite University. As a highly experienced faculty member, Dr. Atoum plays a vital role in shaping the future of nursing by imparting essential knowledge, skills, and ethical values to her students. She is dedicated to incorporating evidence-based practice (EBP) in both teaching and clinical practice, ensuring that her students develop the necessary competencies to thrive in a global healthcare environment. Dr. Atoum's commitment to excellence in nursing education and her focus on producing globally competent students make her a valuable asset to Hashemite University's Nursing School.