Relationship between smartphone addiction of nursing department students and their communication skills
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Background: The use of technological devices today is widespread. One of these devices is the smartphone. It can be argued that when smartphones are thought of as a means of communication, they can influence communication skills. Aim: The aim of this study is to determine the effect of nursing students' smartphone addiction on their communication skills. Methods: A relational screening model was used for the study. The study's data were obtained from 214 students studying in the nursing department. Results: Smartphone addiction levels of students are below average (86.43 +/- 29.66). Students think that their communication skills are at a good level (98.81 +/- 10.88). Correlation analysis results show that students have a negative, significant and very weak relationship between the smartphone addiction of students and communication skills (r=-.149). Smartphone addiction explains 2.2% of the variance in communication skills. Conclusions: Communication skills of nursing students is affected negatively by smartphone addiction.