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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. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9111408

Social media usage among dental undergraduate students : a comparative study

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Author: Uma, Eswara1; Nieminen, Pentti2; Mani, Shani Ann3;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Dentistry, Manipal University College Malaysia, Melaka 75150, Malaysia
2Medical Informatics and Data Analysis Research Group, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
3Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
4Department of Restorative Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
5Research Unit of Oral Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
6Research Unit of Oral Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu and Medical Research Centre Oulu, Oulu University Hospital, 90014 Oulu, Finland
7Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.8 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2021120158232
Language: English
Published: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-12-01
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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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Series: Healthcare
ISSN: 2227-9032
ISSN-E: 2227-9032
ISSN-L: 2227-9032
Volume: 9
Article number: 1408
DOI: 10.3390/healthcare9111408
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.3390/healthcare9111408
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 313 Dentistry
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