Relationship between Mobile Phone Addiction and the Incidence of Poor and Short Sleep among Korean Adolescents: a Longitudinal Study of the Korean Children & Youth Panel Survey (2017)

J Korean Med Sci. 2017 Jul;32(7):1166-1172. doi: 10.3346/jkms.2017.32.7.1166.

Lee JE1,2, Jang SI2,3, Ju YJ1,2, Kim W1,2, Lee HJ1,2, Park EC2,4.


Three of ten teenagers in Korea are addicted to mobile phones. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between mobile phone addiction and the incidence of poor sleep quality and short sleep duration in adolescents. We used longitudinal data from the Korean Children & Youth Panel Survey conducted by the National Youth Policy Institute in Korea (2011-2013). A total of 1,125 students at baseline were included in this study after excluding those who already had poor sleep quality or short sleep duration in the previous year. A generalized estimating equation was used to analyze the data. High mobile phone addiction (mobile phone addiction score > 20) increased the risk of poor sleep quality but not short sleep duration. We suggest that consistent monitoring and effective intervention programs are required to prevent mobile phone addiction and improve adolescents’ sleep quality.


Adolescents; Mobile Phone Addiction; Sleep Duration; Sleep Problems; Sleep Quality

PMID: 28581275

PMCID: PMC5461322

DOI: 10.3346/jkms.2017.32.7.1166