Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy
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Resent studies suggests that social networks are more difficult to resist than cigarettes or alcohol. Social networking
addiction (SNA) usually refers to compulsive behavior that leads to negative effects, but main reasons making the person addicted
are still not clear for today. That is why we were interested, how do the studying conditions of students affect on their SNA.
Material and Methods:
We examined and interviewed 300 students: group 1- medical students (n=100), group 2-economical
students (n=100), group 3-philosophy students (n=100). To reveal SNA we used Internet Addiction test and self created
Results and Discussion:
70% of responders from group 1 have demonstrated low level of SNA, 22%-medium level and only
8% were highly addicted (p<0.05). In group 2 low addiction was revealed in 45%, medium-in 40%, high-in 15% of responders
(p<0.05). Group 3 have shown the low addiction in 35%, medium-in 43%, highin 22% of responders (p<0.05). Analysis of
variations detected a strong direct correlation between the level of SNA and the type of students professional direction.
The lowest level of SNA was registered in medical students. This fact could be explained with high studying load in
medical university. Besides, medical profession is social oriented,and students are getting nice communicative skills during their
studding. The highest level of SNA was among philosophy students, what could be explained with a large amount of free time and
small fraction of social interactions in their profession
Maryna Toderishena is a 2 nd year medical student of Bukovinian State Medical University (BSMU). She also received a Nursing bachelor degree in 2011. She attends a students research group in the Department of Patients Care of BSMU. Maryna likes to study languages, she speaks Russian, English and Portugues. She is interested in psychology very much, because theese knowledge could help her in future medical practice
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