A Comparative Study of Stress Experienced due to Mobile Phone Use among Male and Female Students

Author: Ammarah Mubarak

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2003-2005

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present study was designed to study various kinds of stresses encountered by male and female mobile phone users. It was hypothesized that females experience greater stress due to mobile phone use than males. It was further hypothesized that there exists a correlation between stresses experienced due to mobile phone use and time elapsed. The sample consisted of 53 female and 47 male students of Punjab University. The tool employed in the study was constructed after a pilot study providing indicators as to how is mobile phone use stressful for the users. In order to analyze the data Independent Sample t-test, Paired Sample t-test and Pearson Product Moment Correlation were employed. The findings revealed that females experienced significantly greater personal stress, social stress, financial stress and technical stress due to mobile phone use. The results also showed a significant correlation between personal and technical stresses and during mobile phone use. These findings shed valuable light on the impact mobile phones have on the lives of users and call for further probe into this matter.

Keywords: Personal Stress, Social Stress, Financial Stress and Technical Stress Mobile Phone Users, Time Elapsed

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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