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Burgeoning Rise In Smartphone Usage among School Children In Saudi Arabia: Baseline Assessment of Recognition and Attention Skills Among Users and Non-Users Using CANTAB Tests

Lulu Alobaid; Hessah BinJadeed; Areeb Alkhamis; Reem Alotaibi; Shabana Tharkar; Shabana Tharkar; Ibrahim Gosadi; Ashry Gad.

Abstract
Background: The use of smartphones and other Internet-based smart devices by children is on the rise. The aim of the present study was to determine the prevalence and pattern of smart device use and to conduct the baseline assessment of speed, memory and accuracy skills of the users.
Method: A cross-sectional study was done on 177 school children aged between 12 to 16 years studying in the intermediate schools of Riyadh city. The survey tool was interviewer administered and cognitive function assessment was done by CANTAB battery testing.
Results: The most common smart device used by children was a smartphone (85%). Boys showed a higher prevalence of usage of the smartphone compared to girls (93% vs 74%; p

Key words: Smartphone Use;Internet addiction;Memory;Speed skills;Schoolchildren;Saudi Arabia



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