Development and Evaluation of Smartphone Detox Program for University Students

  • Buctot, Danilo B. (Department of Addiction Science, Sahmyook University Graduate School) ;
  • Kim, Nami (Department of Addiction Science, Sahmyook University Graduate School) ;
  • Park, Kyung Eun (Department of Addiction Science, Sahmyook University Graduate School)
  • Received : 2018.05.15
  • Accepted : 2018.08.29
  • Published : 2018.12.28


This study evaluates the effectiveness of smartphone detox program for smartphone addiction among university students. To reduce the rate of smartphone addiction and its negative effects on physical, mental and social wellness, a six-session program was applied to sixteen participants who voluntarily completed the entire program and responded to pre-post survey. Smartphone Addiction Proneness Scale (SAPS) was used for smartphone addiction assessment with Mental Health Scale, Positive Psychological Capital Scale for mental wellness and Self-Management Scale for physical and social wellness. Results received after the program indicated that, smartphone addiction and mental health scores decreased significantly while the average scores of self-management and positive psychological capital increased respectively. Furthermore, the rate of high-risk group decreased, and the participants, affirmed in their self-evaluation report that excessive use of smartphone negatively affects their body, mind and interpersonal relationship. Thus, smartphone detox program is effective in reducing smartphone addiction and improving the students' wellness.


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