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Volume 11 : 2 February 2011
ISSN 1930-2940

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Mobile Phone Culture and its Psychological Impacts on Students' Learning at the University Level

Muhammad Javid M.Phil., Muhammad Ashraf Malik, Ph.D. Candidate and Aijaz Ahmed Gujjar, Ph.D. Candidate


Mobile Phone Culture is the most widely used term in the present era. Mobile phone has affected almost every field of life but its effects on students' learning especially at university level are deep and in multidimensional and multifarious. Our youngsters have been completely mesmerized and hypnotized by this magical device. Now it has become an essential part of modern life and is playing a vital role in decreasing distance and increasing communication among people. This small device has done that work which was not even accomplished by great leaders and even wonderful inventions. It has made the people closer and closer day by day.

The study was conducted in order to determine the effects of mobile phone on the performance of students at university level. A small sample consisting 390 students of The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar Campus, Pakistan was taken by giving representation to all the students of all the programs offered in the campus. A 25 item questionnaire on five stages scale was administered to the students. Data was analyzed by using SPSS XIV. Most of the students claimed that they can contact with their teachers and class mates to discuss the educational matters. They also utilize the mobile phone to share the useful information with their class fellows, to consult dictionary and thesaurus for educational purposes. On contrary to this they are agreed that the mobile phone is wasting the students' precious time and money. Moreover it has increased the rate of telling lie among students. It has also put everlasting impacts on our culture.

Key Words: Mobile Phone Culture, Role and Impacts, Students' Learning Achievements Introduction

According to the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (2004), mobile phone is a telephone that does not have wires and works by radio that can be carried with to use everywhere.

According to Rich Ling (2003), the mobile phone has fundamentally affected our society, accessibility, safety, and security, co-ordination of social and business activities and use of public places. It has just become the part of culture of every region in the world.

The craze of mobile phone started after 1980's in the world, but it has now touched the level of esteem. First it was just for a status symbol but now it has become a dire need of the day and is in the reach of everyone, even a person whose per month income is 2000 rupees.

According to a famous writer and researcher on mobile phone, Jon Agar (2005), until not very long ago, the mobile phone was expensive and the preserve of a rich few. Today the cell phone is everywhere and so common that it goes unnoticed.

Mobile phone culture stepped in the land of Pakistan after 1990s but mobile phone got its fame after 1994 after the establishment of some cellular networks. Now, every one person out of two in the world and every one person out of three in Pakistan has a mobile phone.

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Muhammad Javid, M.A., M.Phil.
Department of Education
The Islamia University of Bahawalpur
Bahawalnagar Campus

Muhammad Ashraf Malik, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Education
The Islamia University of Bahawalpur

Aijaz Ahmed Gujjar, Ph.D. Candidate
Federal College of Education

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