The Paradox of Technology Adoption: Exploring the Effect of Cyber Usage and its Effect on Dependence

  •  Manal Y. Alduaij    


This paper examines student’s cyber usage and its effect on dependence. Cybers technology relates to any computer enabled device and internet use where users communicate on various communication networks. Cyber Overall users throughout the world have highly relied on the Internet, it provides them many benefits, while at the same time dependent on cyber technologies and unable to regulate their use with negative impacts.

Method: The study is dependent on a quantitative method based on random distribution of a questionnaire. The study sample consisted of 438 participants, 196 males and 242 females. The study outcomes highlighted vital impacts of internet use on users. Evidence indicates users have high reliance on the internet, which affected their wellbeing. Results show cyber dependence was more evident with females than males, where males are more likely to engage in behaviors that have a direct impact on their wellbeing. In terms of college students’ perception in relation to their major of study and cyber activity. In terms of major, art students experienced higher cyber dependence than users in other majors. It also been evident that “arts” students spend more time using cyber technology than "tech" students. In addition, "arts" students admit that the cyber dependency is negatively impacting their wellbeing and causing them various health issues.

Conclusion: Cyber dependence has a negative impact on student’s health. Health Decision makers must address this issue and highlight to users the dangers of cyber dependence. Awareness campaigns are required to address this rapidly growing issue that has escalated recently.

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