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IJMDC. 2020; 4(11): 1759-1765

The prevalence of cyberchondria and the impact of social media among the students in Taif University

Authors: Areej Ahmed Turkistani, Alaa Ahmad Al Mashaikhi, Ameerah Saleh Bajaber, Wafa Saad Alghamdi, Banan Aied Althobaity, Nojoud Talib Alharthi, Shahad Khalid Alhomaiani.

ABSTRACT

Background: People using the internet for self-diagnosis and management without checking the validity of the published information is known as cyberchondria. However, the figures and the impact of cyberchondria in Saudi Arabia are still unclear. This survey aimed to investigate the prevalence of cyberchondria and the impact of social media among students at Taif University, Saudi Arabia. Methodology: A self-administered structured questionnaire was sent to the students in Taif University from November 2019 to March 2020, including questions on the Cyberchondria Severity Scale (CSS), in addition to sociodemographic data. Results: About 61.6% out of the total 651 respondents were female, and the mean age was 21 2.76. Also, 42.1% studied in health colleges, 33.2% studied in science colleges, and 24.7% studied in arts colleges. The most commonly used program was Google (82.2%), followed by YouTube (19.7%), while the least used program was Snapchat (6.1%). The mean score of the CSS was 2.73 0.73, with a minimum score of 1.96 and a maximum score of 3.66. Females searched the internet for any unexplained bodily sensation significantly more than males (p = 0.005). There was a weak, positive correlation between gender and regret (r = 0.169, p < 0.01), where males regretted buying from influencer advertisements more than females. Conclusion: Cyberchondria can have harmful consequences on patients and can result in misleading medical advice. Cyberchondria is more common among young adult females and is correlated with regret.

Keywords:
Prevalence, cyberchondria, social media, Taif University.


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Authors
Areej Ahmed Turkistani
Assistant Professor in Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology
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Alaa Ahmad Al Mashaikhi
Intern, Taif University, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Ameerah Saleh Bajaber
Medical Intern, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Wafa Saad Alghamdi
Medical Intern, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Banan Aied Althobaity
Medical Intern, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Nojoud Talib Alharthi
Intern, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia
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Shahad Khalid Alhomaiani
Medical Intern, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Alaa Ahmad Al Mashaikhi, Intern, Taif University, Taif, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.; alaaalmashaikhi@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 27 Aug 2020
Accepted 09 Sep 2020
Published online 19 Oct 2020
Published in print 05 Nov 2020

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Turkistani AA, Mashaikhi AAA, Bajaber AS, Alghamdi WS, Althobaity BA, Alharthi NT, Alhomaiani SK. The prevalence of cyberchondria and the impact of social media among the students in Taif University. IJMDC. 2020; 4(11): 1759-1765. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598363146


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Turkistani AA, Mashaikhi AAA, Bajaber AS, Alghamdi WS, Althobaity BA, Alharthi NT, Alhomaiani SK. The prevalence of cyberchondria and the impact of social media among the students in Taif University. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=128690 [Access: January 24, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598363146


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Turkistani AA, Mashaikhi AAA, Bajaber AS, Alghamdi WS, Althobaity BA, Alharthi NT, Alhomaiani SK. The prevalence of cyberchondria and the impact of social media among the students in Taif University. IJMDC. 2020; 4(11): 1759-1765. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598363146


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Turkistani AA, Mashaikhi AAA, Bajaber AS, Alghamdi WS, Althobaity BA, Alharthi NT, Alhomaiani SK. The prevalence of cyberchondria and the impact of social media among the students in Taif University. IJMDC. (2020), [cited January 24, 2021]; 4(11): 1759-1765. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598363146


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Turkistani, A. A., Mashaikhi, . A. A. A., Bajaber, . A. S., Alghamdi, . W. S., Althobaity, . B. A., Alharthi, . N. T. & Alhomaiani, . S. K. (2020) The prevalence of cyberchondria and the impact of social media among the students in Taif University. IJMDC, 4 (11), 1759-1765. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598363146


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Turkistani, Areej Ahmed, Alaa Ahmad Al Mashaikhi, Ameerah Saleh Bajaber, Wafa Saad Alghamdi, Banan Aied Althobaity, Nojoud Talib Alharthi, and Shahad Khalid Alhomaiani. 2020. The prevalence of cyberchondria and the impact of social media among the students in Taif University. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (11), 1759-1765. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598363146


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Turkistani, Areej Ahmed, Alaa Ahmad Al Mashaikhi, Ameerah Saleh Bajaber, Wafa Saad Alghamdi, Banan Aied Althobaity, Nojoud Talib Alharthi, and Shahad Khalid Alhomaiani. "The prevalence of cyberchondria and the impact of social media among the students in Taif University." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 1759-1765. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598363146


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Turkistani, Areej Ahmed, Alaa Ahmad Al Mashaikhi, Ameerah Saleh Bajaber, Wafa Saad Alghamdi, Banan Aied Althobaity, Nojoud Talib Alharthi, and Shahad Khalid Alhomaiani. "The prevalence of cyberchondria and the impact of social media among the students in Taif University." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.11 (2020), 1759-1765. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598363146


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Turkistani, A. A., Mashaikhi, . A. A. A., Bajaber, . A. S., Alghamdi, . W. S., Althobaity, . B. A., Alharthi, . N. T. & Alhomaiani, . S. K. (2020) The prevalence of cyberchondria and the impact of social media among the students in Taif University. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (11), 1759-1765. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1598363146


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