"Many medical side effects have been reported among medical students, chronic headache (63.2%), concentration problem (49.6%), some time. long-term memory problem (30.4%), recent memory problem (40%), insomnia (47.2%) and prolong sleep (6.4%)."
Patterns of Use of ‘Smart Phones’ among Male
Medical Students at KFU and its Side Effects
International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) ISSN (Online): 2319-7064 Index Copernicus Value (2013): 6.14 | Impact Factor (2015): 6.391 Volume 5 Issue 10, October 2016 www.ijsr.net Licensed Under Creative Commons Attribution CC BY
Abdulmohsen A. Al Jaziri1
, Ahmed R. Al Farhan2
, Abdulaziz Al Huthayli
, Mahdi Al Sowilem4
Abdulhameed AL Khalaf5
, Sayed Ibrahim Ali6
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Medical students at King Faisal University, College of Medicine, Saudi Arabia
Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
Nowadays, smartphones are widely use all over the word especially between young Adults people, and this will
lead to many health problems.
To study the pattern of use of smart phones, the accompanying behaviour and related health
hazards among medical students at King Faisal University, Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
A cross-sectional survey was carried out
with 125 male students. The participants were enrolled by simple random selection in April 2016 at the College of Medicine, King
Faisal University. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed and completed by each participant. Results: Of 125 students who
completed the questionnaire, 38.4% of them see that smartphones have a better effect in their academic performance, 31.2% see it have
a worse effect, while 30.4% of them denied any effect. 56% of participants use smartphones in medium use. Chatting is the most
common reason of use of smartphones. Many medical side effects have been reported among medical students, chronic headache
(63.2%), concentration problem (49.6%), some time. long-term memory problem (30.4%), recent memory problem (40%), insomnia
(47.2%) and prolong sleep (6.4%). There is a significant relation between participants' GPA and time which they use their smartphone
in. there is a significant relation between type of phone and duration of use. And also significant relation between type of phone and
effect of smartphone in academic performance.
Smartphones are widely used among medical students but college work is
not the main reason of use and chatting is the commonest. According to the experience and opinions of most of participants,
smartphones increase the productivity and help in work for medical students. Even the most of medical students use smartphone by
medium use, they get many medical effects, and headache is the commonest.