Smart Phone Addiction And Reaction Time In Geriatric Population

Smart Phone Addiction And Reaction Time In Geriatric Population

  • Anjali Shete Associate Professor,Department of ENT, D Y Patil Medical college Aurangabad
  • G D Mahajan Professor & HOD Department of ENT D Y Patil Medical college Aurangabad
  • K D Garkal Associate professor, Biophysics Department of Physiology GMCH Aurangabad
Keywords: Smartphones, MPAS, reaction time, Geriatric population

Abstract

Background: Smart phones are the new generation of mobile phones; they have emerged over the last few years. Technology has developed so much that it has become part of our life and mobile phones are one of them. These smart phones are equipped with the capabilities to display photos, play games, watch videos and navigation, etc. The advances have a huge impact on many walks of life. The adoption of new technology has been challenging for the elderly. But, elder population is also moving towards digitally connected lives. As age advances there is a decline in the motor and cognitive functions of brain and hence the reaction time is affected. The study was undertaken to assess the usefulness of smart phones in improving cognitive functions. Aims and Objectives: The aim of the study was to observe the effects of smart phone addiction on reaction time in elderly population Material and Methods: This is an cross sectional study. 100 elderly subjects were enrolled in this study randomly from urban areas. They all were using smart phones for several hours a day. They were divided into two groups according to the scores of mobile phone addiction scale.(MPAS) Simple reaction time was estimated by Ruler drop method. The reaction time was then calculated for each subject in both groups. The data was analyzed using mean, standard deviation and Pearson correlation test. Results: The mean reaction time in Group A is 0.27+ 0.040 and in Group B is 0.20 + 0.032. The values show statistically significant change in reaction time. Conclusion: Group A with high MPAS score has low reaction time compared to Group B with low MPAS score. Hence, it can be concluded that the use of Smartphones in elderly is useful, delaying the neurological decline and smarten the brain. [Shete A Natl J Integr Res Med, 2020; 11(5):66-70]

Published
2020-11-01
How to Cite
Anjali Shete, G D Mahajan, & K D Garkal. (2020). Smart Phone Addiction And Reaction Time In Geriatric Population: Smart Phone Addiction And Reaction Time In Geriatric Population. National Journal of Integrated Research in Medicine, 11(5), 66-70. Retrieved from http://nicpd.ac.in/ojs-/index.php/njirm/article/view/2935
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