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Year 2022, Volume 23, Issue 2, 140 - 152, 30.03.2022


To assess the patterns of social media uses and their impact on the learning of male medical students during the COVID-19 pandemic. A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted from March to May 2020 at the College of Medicine, University of Bisha (UBCOM) in Saudi Arabia. A validated questionnaire was used to collect data from the students at first year, pre-clerkship and clerkship levels about the types, patterns and benefits of social media usage in their learning. A five-Likert scale was used to measure the students’ responses. Descriptive statistics and ANOVA tests were used for data analysis. Of the 203 students enrolled, 89.2% (n=181) were responded. Most students commonly used Twitter (75.1%), followed by YouTube (52.5%) and Facebook (24.3%). The highest usage of Twitter was found among clerkship students (85.1%) compared to first-year (76.2%) and pre-clerkship students (69.6%), with no significant differences (p = 0.133). About 38.7% of students spent over 10 hours per week on social media and pre-clerkship students being the highest group (43.5%). Most students (67.9%) showed that social media enhance learning activities, 65.2% are interested in using social media in their learning and 64.1% suggested that their inappropriate use consumes time. We concluded social media become interactive tools of learning in medical schools during the urgent situation such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Such findings highlighted the benefits of considering social media inclusion when designing medical curricula.


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Primary Language English
Subjects Social
Journal Section Articles

Karimeldin M. A. SALIH This is me (Primary Author)
University of Bisha
Saudi Arabia

Abdulelah A. ALBAQAMI This is me
King Abdullah Hospital
Saudi Arabia

Abubakar JIBO This is me
College of Medicine
Saudi Arabia

Jaber A. ALFAIFI This is me
University of Bisha
Saudi Arabia

Sultan A. AL AMARI This is me
College of Medicine
Saudi Arabia

Mushabab ALGHAMDI This is me
College of Medicine
Saudi Arabia

Mohammed ABBAS This is me
Arabian Gulf University

Mutasim E. IBRAHIM This is me
University of Bisha
Saudi Arabia

Publication Date March 30, 2022
Application Date January 19, 2021
Acceptance Date
Published in Issue Year 2022, Volume 23, Issue 2


APA Salıh, K. M. A. , Albaqamı, A. A. , Jıbo, A. , Alfaıfı, J. A. , Al Amarı, S. A. , Alghamdı, M. , Abbas, M. & Ibrahım, M. E. (2022). SOCIAL MEDIA UTILIZATION AND ITS IMPACT ON MALE MEDICAL STUDENTS’ LEARNING DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC . Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education , 23 (2) , 140-152 . DOI: 10.17718/tojde.1096411