Muhammet Fatih Ekşi1, Mehmet Özhan Kara1, Oğuz Alp Çakır1, Muhammet Alparslan Özdemir1, Ali Kaan Akyüz1, Zehra Pınar Cengiz1, Muhammet İhsan Çakan1, Ahmet Selim Keleş1, Sercan Obay1, Oytun Erbaş2

1Biruni University Medical School, Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Physiology, Istanbul Bilim University Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey

Keywords: Anxiety, computer, headphones


Objectives: This study investigates the relationship between anxiety and headphone use.

Materials and methods: The study was conducted on 180 (54 males, 126 females) undergraduate students. Headphone habits were assessed with a questionnaire, and anxiety levels were assessed with Beck Anxiety Inventory.

Results: While there was no correlation between total anxiety scores and length of headphone use, there was a correlation with purpose of headphone use. There was a positive correlation between headphone use while using a computer (p<0.05), watching media, isolation from the environment, and while studying (p<0.01), as well as a positive correlation with headphone use in evening hours (p<0.05). According to the Beck scale, participants with scores between 26-63 had high anxiety levels and were positively correlated with headphone use in the evenings, headphone use at school, and when watching media (p<0.05).

Conclusion: Our study, which aimed to investigate the relationship between headphone habits and anxiety, may inspire and guide further studies on this subject.

Cite this article as: Ekşi MF, Kara MÖ, Çakır OA, Özdemir MA, Akyüz AK, Pınar Cengiz Z, et al. Headphone use and anxiety. FNG & Demiroğlu Bilim Tıp Dergisi 2019;5(3):134-143.

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The authors declared no conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship and/or publication of this article.

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