Contemp Nurse. 2018 Mar 14:1-11. doi: 10.1080/10376178.2018.144829.
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.
The aim of this study is to determine the effect of nursing students’ smartphone addiction on their communication skills.
A relational screening model was used for the study. The study’s data were obtained from 214 students studying in the nursing department.
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.
Communication skills of nursing students is affected negatively by smartphone addiction..
KEYWORDS: communication skills; nursing; nursing students; smartphone addiction