Smartphone Addiction and Its Relationship with Cyberbullying Among University Students

  • Mohammad Farhan Al. Qudah
  • Ismael Salamah AlbursanEmail author
  • Salaheldin Farah Attallah Bakhiet
  • Elsayed Mohammed Abu Hashem Hassan
  • Ali A. Alfnan
  • Suliman S. Aljomaa
  • Mohammed Mohammed Ateik AL-khadher
Original Article


The present study explored smartphone addiction (SA) and cyberbullying among a group of university students. Participants were 449 male and female university students whose ages ranged from 17 to 24 years. A scale probing SA and cyberbullying was used to collect data. The frequency of SA among participants was 33.2. In terms of the daily usage of smartphones, 67.3 participants were found to use smartphones for more than 4 h per day. The frequency of cyberbullying reported by participants was 20.7. Furthermore, significant differences between males and females in SA and cyberbullying were found favoring males. Finally, data revealed that cyberbullying can be predicted by university students’ SA.


Smartphone addiction Cyberbullying University students Gender differences Technology addiction 


Funding Information

The authors extend their appreciation to the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Saud University for funding this work through Research Group no. RG-1438-064.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Informed Consent

All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5). Informed consent was obtained from all patients for being included in the study.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohammad Farhan Al. Qudah
    • 1
  • Ismael Salamah Albursan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Salaheldin Farah Attallah Bakhiet
    • 2
  • Elsayed Mohammed Abu Hashem Hassan
    • 1
  • Ali A. Alfnan
    • 1
  • Suliman S. Aljomaa
    • 1
  • Mohammed Mohammed Ateik AL-khadher
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, College of EducationKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Department of Special Education, College of EducationKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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