Social Media Usage Among Iraqi Medical Students

Social Media Usage Among Iraqi Medical Students

Authors

  • Ali Almawashee
  • Karrar Ali Idan
  • Qaswer Yousief Hussein

Keywords:

social Media, Medical Education, , Medical Students,

Abstract

Abstract
Background
Social media is “a group of internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, that allows the creation and exchange of User Generated Content.’’ Social media can have significant impact on the studying pattern and academic performance of the students, so the aim of this study is to assess the use of different types of social media among medical students and to assess subjectively the benefits of the students from these sites.
Methods
This study is a cross sectional retrospective study, conducted among medical students at college of medicine\ university of Baghdad in 2019 as an online survey (Including questions about age, gender, stage and validated questions about the using of social media) for duration of 3 months among 250 participant. Data was entered and analyzed by using SPSS version 24.
Results
The greater portion of participants were social media users for more than 3 hours daily. There is no significant association
between students’ benefit from different social media sites. Majority claimed that social media sites are beneficial for their
study. Results have shown that those who use social media more frequently were not significantly worried about the potential of social media abuse.
Conclusion
This study explored the impact of time and benefit of social media sites among sample of medical students. Such knowledge may be useful to guide medical educators to better utilize social media in their instructional state.

Published

2020-09-27