Study to assess the effects of social networking sites on medical college students

Madhusudan Madaiah, Chaluvaraj Talkad Seshaiyengar, Preethi Suresh, Santhosh Munipapanna, Suresha Doddasabbenahalli Sonnappa


Background: Online social networks are rapidly changing the way human beings interact. Beside its huge advantages it has now become a hot topic of debate that either it is a useful invention or an invention with full of hazards. Hence this study was undertaken to assess effect of social networking sites (SNS) especially on medical college students. Method: A cross sectional study was done on the medical college students of MVJ Medical College & Research Hospital over a period of 3 months (June 2015 -August 2015)  consisting of 408 students. Pre-tested semi structured self-administered questionnaire was used for collection of data regarding usage and pattern of social networking sites and their effects. The data was analyzed using SPSS software for windows version 21.0.

Results: The study comprised of 408 students, 274 (67.2%) were females and 174 (32.8%) were males. Majority of participants were using SNS daily (67.2%), commonly used SNS are Whatsapp (87.7%) followed by Facebook (81.4%). Major activity done is chatting (77.9%) followed by uploading photos (41.9%), 24.5% lack other activities, 28.4% get irritated and 23.5% reported mood swings by using SNS. Mostly participants complain about headache (27%) and eye sight problem (29.9%) due to excessive usage of SNS. Most of the student complains of poor academic performance as an effect of SNS (39.7%).

Conclusion: SNS surely has their advantages but in the present generation the disadvantages outweighs them especially in medical college students.


Social networking, Facebook, Whatsapp, Medical students

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