DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2320-1770.ijrcog20174022

Cellphone and media usage among adolescent girls of Bhopal city, Madhya Pradesh, India

Purva Singh, Manisha Jain

Abstract


Background: Several researchers have reported that mobile phone uses are increasing among adolescents. Better understanding of cellphone and media usage by adolescents would help health care providers in guiding more responsible use of cellphone by teenagers. Aim of the study was to study the level and pattern of mobile phone usages among adolescent girls of Bhopal city, Madhya Pradesh.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among adolescent girls between 14 to 19 years of age studying in schools of Bhopal city. Data was collected using a self-administered questionnaire. The questionnaire contains items related to demographic variables, cellular phone usage and patterns.

Results: All the study subjects were using smart phones. Facebook was the most commonly surfed website. Maximum adolescent girls were using smartphones for 2-4 hours in a day. Seventy-eight (69.03%) study subjects preferred text messaging service for awareness about reproductive and sexual health.

Conclusions: The cellphone usage can also be exploited to promote awareness about reproductive health among adolescents.


Keywords


Adolescents, Cell-phone, Health, Mobile phone, Technology

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