Smartphones Aren‘t Completely Evil: Why Smartphones Should Be Explored as a Form of Leisure Coping




While many postsecondary students experience mental health challenges in regular circumstances, the additional challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic intensify the need for mental health solutions. Leisure has previously been identified as a positive coping strategy among students as it leads to improved health and well-being. As many students own smartphones, technology that can be used to access and experience different types of leisure, this suggests the possibility of using smartphones as a form of leisure coping. However, as smartphones are often considered to be detrimental to health, exploring the potential mental health benefits they could provide students has scarcely been explored. This approach to examining the possible positive impacts of smartphones on student mental health is guiding upcoming research in leisure studies at Dalhousie University.


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