International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 7, Part N (2016)
Addiction to social networking sites in healthcare students of a selected institution in Mangalore, Karnataka, India: A questionnaire study
Faizan Kalekhan, Thomas Zacharia, Gwendelen D Souza, Sueallen D’souza and Manjeshwar Shrinath Baliga
Online social networks are rapidly changing the way human beings interact. Of the more than 2.5 billion active internet users worldwide, some 1.8 billion were estimated to use social networking sites in 2014, representing approximately 25% of the world’s total population. Excessive use or an addiction to internet activities, including social network sites (SNSs) and online games has been negatively associated with conscientiousness, honesty/humility and agreeableness and positively associated with neuroticism, narcissism, and aggression.
Materials & Methods: A questionnaire which was developed by the author which consists of 41 questions which can document the demographic details as well as other information regarding the use of social networking sites such as Facebook was given to 750 health care students to fill in irrespective of age and gender.
Results: The results of the current study revealed that health care students majorly use social network sites for relief and they do not neglect their studies or their day to day chores due to these sites.
Conclusion: To conclude, there are some groups of individuals (Like health care students in our study) who do not get addicted to social network sites such as Facebook, rather they give importance to their personal and professional life.