Smartphone Uses, Smartphone Gratifications and Social Interaction Anxiety in Adolescents

Rabhia Shuja (MSc, 2016-2018) Supervisor: Faiz Younas

The study investigated the relationship among smartphone uses, smartphone gratifications and social interaction anxiety in adolescents. It was hypothesized that there would be a positive relationship among smartphone uses and gratifications and social interaction anxiety. It was also hypothesized that social interaction anxiety might be a predictor of smartphone uses and gratifications. Cross sectional correlational research design and non-probability convenient sampling technique was used to collect sample (N = 110) from various public colleges of Lahore. Uses and Gratifications of Mobile Phone Use Questionnaire (Hostut, 2010)  and Social Interaction Anxiety Scale (Mattick & Clarke, 1998) were used for the assessment. Data was analyzed through SPSS version 20. Results of Pearson product moment correlation showed a positive significant relationship among smartphone uses and gratifications and social interaction anxiety. The linear regression didn’t show a significant predictive relationship among social interaction anxiety and smartphone uses  and  gratifications.  The present study would be helpful in understanding the role of smartphones in individuals that have symptoms of social interaction anxiety and be able to contribute towards the healthier use of it.

Keywords: Smartphone uses, smartphone gratifications, social interaction anxiety, adolescents.

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