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The relationship between social networking addiction and academic performance in Iranian students of medical sciences: a cross-sectional study.
BMC Psychol. 2019 May 03; 7(1):28.BP

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Social networks have had a major influence on students' performance in recent years. These networks create many opportunities and threats for students in various fields. Addiction to social networking and its impact on students' academic performance caused the researcher to design and conduct this study. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between social networking addiction and academic performance of students in Iran.

METHODS

In this cross-sectional study, 360 students were enrolled by stratified random sampling. The study tools included personal information form and the Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale. Also, the students' overall grade obtained in previous educational term was considered as the indicator of academic performance. Data were analyzed using SPSS-18.0 and descriptive and inferential statistics.

FINDINGS

The mean social networking addiction was higher in male students (52.65 ± 11.50) than in female students (49.35 ± 13.96) and this difference was statistically significant (P < 0.01). There was a negative and significant relationship between students' addiction to social networking and their academic performance (r = - 0.210, p < 0.01).

CONCLUSIONS

The social networking addiction of the students was at moderate level and the male students had a higher level of addiction compared to the female students. There was a negative and significant relationship between the overall use of social networks and academic performance of students. Therefore, it is imperative that the university authorities take interventional steps to help students who are dependent on these networks and, through workshops, inform them about the negative consequences of addiction to social networks.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Clinical Research Development Center of Imam Reza Hospital, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran.Clinical Research Development Center of Imam Reza Hospital, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran.Social Development and Health Promotion Research Center, Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran. Akhatony@gmail.com. Nursing Department, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dowlat Abad, Kermanshah, Iran. Akhatony@gmail.com.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31053171

Citation

Azizi, Seyyed Mohsen, et al. "The Relationship Between Social Networking Addiction and Academic Performance in Iranian Students of Medical Sciences: a Cross-sectional Study." BMC Psychology, vol. 7, no. 1, 2019, p. 28.
Azizi SM, Soroush A, Khatony A. The relationship between social networking addiction and academic performance in Iranian students of medical sciences: a cross-sectional study. BMC Psychol. 2019;7(1):28.
Azizi, S. M., Soroush, A., & Khatony, A. (2019). The relationship between social networking addiction and academic performance in Iranian students of medical sciences: a cross-sectional study. BMC Psychology, 7(1), 28. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-019-0305-0
Azizi SM, Soroush A, Khatony A. The Relationship Between Social Networking Addiction and Academic Performance in Iranian Students of Medical Sciences: a Cross-sectional Study. BMC Psychol. 2019 May 3;7(1):28. PubMed PMID: 31053171.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The relationship between social networking addiction and academic performance in Iranian students of medical sciences: a cross-sectional study. AU - Azizi,Seyyed Mohsen, AU - Soroush,Ali, AU - Khatony,Alireza, Y1 - 2019/05/03/ PY - 2018/11/19/received PY - 2019/04/22/accepted PY - 2019/5/5/entrez PY - 2019/5/6/pubmed PY - 2019/5/24/medline KW - Academic performance KW - Addiction KW - Bergen social media addiction scale KW - Social networking KW - University students SP - 28 EP - 28 JF - BMC psychology JO - BMC Psychol VL - 7 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: Social networks have had a major influence on students' performance in recent years. These networks create many opportunities and threats for students in various fields. Addiction to social networking and its impact on students' academic performance caused the researcher to design and conduct this study. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between social networking addiction and academic performance of students in Iran. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 360 students were enrolled by stratified random sampling. The study tools included personal information form and the Bergen Social Media Addiction Scale. Also, the students' overall grade obtained in previous educational term was considered as the indicator of academic performance. Data were analyzed using SPSS-18.0 and descriptive and inferential statistics. FINDINGS: The mean social networking addiction was higher in male students (52.65 ± 11.50) than in female students (49.35 ± 13.96) and this difference was statistically significant (P < 0.01). There was a negative and significant relationship between students' addiction to social networking and their academic performance (r = - 0.210, p < 0.01). CONCLUSIONS: The social networking addiction of the students was at moderate level and the male students had a higher level of addiction compared to the female students. There was a negative and significant relationship between the overall use of social networks and academic performance of students. Therefore, it is imperative that the university authorities take interventional steps to help students who are dependent on these networks and, through workshops, inform them about the negative consequences of addiction to social networks. SN - 2050-7283 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31053171/The_relationship_between_social_networking_addiction_and_academic_performance_in_Iranian_students_of_medical_sciences:_a_cross_sectional_study_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -