International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Nursing | India | Volume 13 Issue 1, January 2024 | Rating: 5.3 / 10


An Experimental Study to Assess the Effectiveness of Need Based on Digital Detox Program Regarding the Overuse of Social Media among B.Sc. Nursing Students at College of Nursing Dehradun

Sharma Ajay [2] | Maibam Reena


Abstract: Background: Social media is a computer platform that allows users to exchange information with others worldwide via text, emails, photos, videos, and signs. Collaborations, exchange of content, and communication are its primary foci. Social media is crucial because it fosters a sense of community and supports people's real-world development in a variety of spheres, including business, relationships, and personal development. However, a huge portion of the population these days is addicted to social media, particularly college and high school students. This has an adverse effect on people's physical and mental health, which is why the goal of this digital detox program was to increase awareness of responsible usage and decrease the amount of overuse or addiction to social media. Objectives: Toassess the effectiveness of digital detox program regarding overuse of social media among B.Sc. Nursing students. Materials and Methods: Pre-experimental study design, or a single group pre- and post-test design, was used for this topic. A probability simple random sampling methodology was used to choose a total of sixty samples, and the lottery method was employed in accordance with the selection criteria. A semi-structured scale was employed to evaluate the excessive usage of social media by Dehradun's nursing students. A pre-test was administered on the first day, and on the seventh day, a digital detox program was implemented. The efficacy of the program was assessed by comparing the knowledge scores from the pre- and post-tests using both descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: As per the results, there were five students in the 17?18 age group, forty-two in the 19?20 age group, and thirteen in the 21?22 age group. There were 60 pupils total, with 5 boys and 55 females. All sixty students reside in dorms. Of the sixty kids, forty-six had one digital device, ten had two, three had three, and one student had four or more digital devices. Of the sixty students, two use WhatsApp exclusively; two use WhatsApp and Instagram; seven use WhatsApp, Instagram, and SnapChat; forty-six use WhatsApp, Instagram alone. Of them, 0 utilize Snapchat, YouTube, Instagram, and WhatsApp, Students from LinkedIn and 02 utilize dating apps in addition to WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and LinkedIn. Based on pre-test results, zero percent of pupils use digital media in a healthy way, twenty percent have mild toxicity, sixty-five percent have moderate toxicity, and fifteen percent have severe toxicity. The post-test results show that 75% of students use digital media in a mildly toxic way, 25% use it in a moderately toxic way, and 0% use it in a severely hazardous way. The outcome shows that the pre-test knowledge score had a mean value of 74.93333, which was higher than the post-test knowledge score of 56.15. It demonstrates the efficacy of the digital detox program in reducing excessive social media use among B.Sc. Nursing students.The demographic variables, namely age, gender, place of residence, number of digital devices, type of digital apps used, duration of social media use, and kind of digital device, have a Chi square value of 0.2519 less than the tabulated value at 0.05 level of significance; mothers' education is 1.7236, fathers' education is 2.43661; mothers' occupation is 0.07374, and fathers' occupation is 1.32. Conclusion: The majority of students were utilizing digital media extensively and for extended periods of time. Students learn about the negative consequences of using digital media and how to cut back on their usage after implementing this program for digital detoxification.


Keywords: Effectiveness, Overuse, Digital detox, Nursing students, Social media


Edition: Volume 13 Issue 1, January 2024,


Pages: 423 - 427


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