HomePsychology and Education: A Multidisciplinary Journalvol. 6 no. 4 (2022)

Mobile Phone Use: Linking Physics Knowledge and Health Awareness

Princess Lydia Fuentes | Jocelyn Legaspi | Veronica Albaladejo

Discipline: Education



There is no doubt about the capacity of education to build and strengthen scientific literacy, social and environmental awareness, and health literacy. This research was conducted to determine the relationships among mobile phone usage, physics knowledge, and health awareness. Data show that the majority (48%) of the respondents use mobile phones "moderately ."As to physics knowledge, the majority of students have below the "satisfactory" level of physics knowledge, and only 0.3% exhibit an "outstanding" level of physics knowledge. A majority (61%) of students' level of health awareness is "high", 26% is "very high", 12% is "moderate", and only 1% is "low". This implies that the respondents are fully aware of the negative effects of excessive usage of mobile phones. The regression model explained 3.7% of the variance and was a significant predictor of mobile phone usage. While Health Awareness contributed significantly, Physics Knowledge did not. Indicating that regardless of the level of physics knowledge, this does not affect mobile phone usage. The significant positive correlation between mobile phone use and health awareness does not reflect a strong linear relationship. Indicating that even though one possesses a "high" level of health awareness, this has little effect on their level of mobile phone usage.


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