2016, Number 10
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ABSTRACTIntroduction. The cellular telephone has evolved in recent decades, becoming a crucial tool that, through its use and affordability, contributes to various risks to people’s physical and mental health. These include technopathy, psychological disorders, and abnormal behaviors linked to new technologies, among which carpal tunnel syndrome, insufficient sleep syndrome, phantom vibration syndrome, nomophobia, and anxiety. Objective. To identify, in nursing undergraduate students, health problems linked to excessive use of the cell phone. Methodology. The present research is a quantitative and descriptive cross-sectional study of a sample of 64 students selected primarily according to two criteria: ownership of one of the latest cell phone models and daytime enrollment in the nursing undergraduate program (first, second, third, or fourth year) in the 2015-2 semester. These students proceeded to take a Spanish-language adaptation by Ollatz and Guillén of the MPP-USA survey “Indiscriminate Usage of the Mobile Phone.” Results. Analysis of the data indicates that 91% of participants dedicate much of their time to cell phone usage. Frequent usage is most closely related to somatic and psychological symptoms, the most common of which are phantom vibrations (70%) and migraines (65%). Said symptoms reflect a state of illness that affects all three spheres of the person. Conclusion. The results encourage continued research on this phenomenon, as excessive usage of cell phones leads to adverse health effects in many people.
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