INTRODUCTION: The aim of the study is to examine the relationship of nomophobia and smartphone addiction, that have not become increasingly prevalent, with other addictions, especially drug use.
METHODS: The study included 461 university students aged 18 and over who volunteered to participate in the study and completed the questionnaire after giving written consent. They were administered the questionnaire containing questions about socio-demographical characteristics in the first part, and the "Nomophobia Scale", "Smartphone Addiction Scale" and "Alcohol and Drug Use Risk Screening Scale" in the second part. The data were analyzed with IBM SPSS V23.
RESULTS: 50.5% of the students were men, and 49.5% were women. The median nomophobia score, the median smartphone addiction scale score, the median alcohol addiction risk scale score, and the drug addiction risk scale score were found 78, 35, 6 and 0, respectively.
No significant difference was found in the nomophobia and smartphone addiction levels between the alcohol addiction risk groups and the drug addiction risk groups.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Given the increased tendency to follow technological developments among university students, their incapability to stay away from smartphones and similar devices due to smartphone addiction is considered an indicator of the fact that they are addicted. This can predispose to other accompanying addictions such as alcohol and drug use.However, it should be also noted that many different factors may cause this. All health institutions should take necessary protective measures to minimize and eliminate such addictions.