Social Media Usage among Dental Undergraduate Students—A Comparative Study

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Uma, E.; Nieminen, P.; Mani, S.A.; John, J.; Haapanen, E.; Laitala, M.-L.; Lappalainen, O.-P.; Varghase, E.; Arora, A.; Kaur, K. Social Media Usage among Dental Undergraduate Students—A Comparative Study. Healthcare 2021, 9, 1408.

Title: Social Media Usage among Dental Undergraduate Students—A Comparative Study
Author: Uma, Eswara; Nieminen, Pentti; Mani, Shani Ann; John, Jacob; Haapanen, Emilia; Laitala, Marja-Liisa; Lappalainen, Olli-Pekka; Varghase, Eby; Arora, Ankita; Kaur, Kanwardeep
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Date: 2021-10-20
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/335610
Abstract: Social media use among students has infiltrated into dental education and offers benefits but may also cause problems. The aim of this study was to explore and compare current social media usage among dental undergraduate students from two countries—Malaysia and Finland. A self-administered structured online questionnaire was used. WhatsApp, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat were the services that were most familiar to the respondents from both countries. There were differences between the students from the two countries among the most preferred platforms. The most frequently used applications were WhatsApp (91.1% of students in Malaysia and 96.1% in Finland used it very frequently) and Instagram (74.3% of students in Malaysia and 70.0% in Finland used it very frequently). Students in Malaysia spent significantly more hours per week using the platforms as study tools than students in Finland. Over 80% of the Finnish dental students reported that lack of knowledge was not an issue in social media usage, while 85% of Malaysian students felt that lack of knowledge prevented them from using social media platforms frequently. The findings offer evidence that dental students used social media extensively.


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