Acta Scientific Medical Sciences (ASMS)(ISSN: 2582-0931)

Thesis Volume 7 Issue 11

The Prevalence and Associated Factors of Social Media Addiction Among Undergraduate University Students of Dhaka City

Lutfa Niger*

Public Health (MPH) Degree of North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

*Corresponding Author: Lutfa Niger, Public Health (MPH) Degree of North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Received: August 14, 2023; Published: October 13, 2023

Abstract

Social Media usage have been rising within the past few years and one of the common activities for young peoples and adolescents, most of the tome overused/misused, therefore may cause social media addiction. This addiction may influence on students’ regular activity, psychology, academic performance and behavior.

The study aims to explore the prevalence of social media addiction among undergraduate university students in Dhaka city and to investigate the factors that lead to this behavior.

A cross sectional study was conducted in selected private and public universities of Dhaka city between February-March, 2020 and data was analyzed through SPSS 23 statistical package software.

Among the participants 42 (11.67%) were normal internet user, 161 (44.72%) participants had mild social networking addiction, 149 (41.39%) had moderate social networking addiction, and only 8 (2.22%) had severe social networking addiction. We have further categorized study participants into two categories, where 203 (56.38%) had no/minimal addiction to social networking and remaining 43.62% had moderate/severe social networking addition. Therefore, we can say the prevalence of moderate/severe social networking addiction is 43.62%.

Among the socio-demographic characteristics, Age of the participants (Chi-square = 7.29; P = 0.007), Gender (Chi-square = 21.78; P < 0.001), BMI category (Chi-square = 10.71; P = 0.005), Academic Year (Chi-square = 10.38; P = 0.016), Number of Family members (Chi-square = 8.41; P = 0.004), Monthly Family Income (Chi-square = 8.12; P = 0.0014), Times Required to reach in the university was found significantly associated with level of social-media addiction.

Among the activity related characteristics, daily sedentary hours (Chi-square = 17.36; P < 0.001), smoking status (Chi-square = 20.2; P < 0.001), and habit of drinking alcohol (Chi-square = 16.5; P < 0.001) was found significantly associated with level of social-media addiction.

Among the personality, family and social issue related characteristics, Personality type (Chi-square = 20.2; P < 0.001), Parents are active in social media (Chi-square = 6.79; P = 0.009) was found significantly associated with level of social-media addiction.

Social networking site is an essential part of modern life but addictive use can cause detrimental effect both on the user and the society. This study identified a high prevalence of social networking addiction and opens a door for future researchers to study and deeply think about this topic.

Keywords: Bangladesh; World Health Organization; Human Resource

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Citation

Citation: Lutfa Niger. “The Prevalence and Associated Factors of Social Media Addiction Among Undergraduate University Students of Dhaka City”.Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 7.11 (2023): 36-51.

Copyright

Copyright: © 2023 Lutfa Niger. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.




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