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Identifying and Ranking the Smartphone Addiction Factors among Indian Youth using FAHP Technique

Iftikhar Husain, Aleem Ali


Indian youth are smartphone addicted due to endless and easily accessible functions such as Whatsapp, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Online Games, and Online Services etc. In particular today's youngsters are more affected due to use of their smart phones on extreme limits. Smartphone addiction is an unavoidable situation which stops personal development, social interactions, peer influence among youths, decrease in academic success and exacerbate some psychological and mental health issues. Hence, the study on smartphone addiction among youths is the requirement of time. Like other real world problems smartphone addiction problem have uncertain and vague information. Fuzzy set theory effectively and efficiently deal with the uncertain and vague information. Analytical hierarchy process is a multiple criteria decision making technique, which prioritize and ranked a set of alternatives. The concept of fuzzy sets with analytical hierarchy process is known as fuzzy analytical hierarchy process (Fuzzy AHP), which is a more powerful, multiple criteria decision making technique. Fuzzy AHP easily handle uncertainty and gives better results in decision making problems. In this work, we identify and ranked the smartphone addiction factors in the Indian youths using Chang’s [8] extent analysis method in the fuzzy environment.


Fuzzy AHP, triangular fuzzy numbers, multicritera decision making, extent analysis method

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