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J Qual Res Health Sci 2015, 4(3): 256-265 Back to browse issues page
Students' experiences of the consequences of social networks: A qualitative study
masome afshari, maryam mirzaeii, mehdi kangavari, maryam afshari *
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Introduction: With the advent of the internet, social networks also emerged. These networks have become an integral part of many students' lives and affect all aspects of their lives. The use of virtual social networks has adversely affected students’ lifestyles. Therefore, this study was conducted with the aim of determining the experiences of students of Islamic Azad University, Tuyserkan Branch, Iran, regarding the consequences of social networking. Method: This qualitative study was conducted using the conventional content analysis approach. Data were collected through semi-structured in-depth interviews with 11 students of Islamic Azad University, Tuyserkan Branch. The participants were selected from among both sexes using purposive sampling method. The participants consisted of students who used social networks for more than 4 hours daily. All interviews were simultaneously recorded and transcribed. Data were analyzed using content analysis method. Data strength was confirmed by participants and researchers. Results: Data analysis resulted in extraction of the three main themes of "change in family and social relationships", "change in physical, psychological, and academic conditions of individuals", and "replacing virtual network in life". These themes were determined by 10 subthemes in students. The subthemes consisted of being entertained by virtual networks, changes in relationships with family and friends, easy communication with others due to anonymity, unfamiliarity of close relatives with these networks, less speech communication and coming together, stress and anxiety, deterioration of academic status and inability to marry, ease of communication, and lower costs in comparison to other communications. Conclusion: The results of this study confirm the need for designing and providing education and interventions for guidance, correct use, and assisting students when using social networks, and appropriate replacements. Authorities can use the findings of this study in planning and appropriate interventions for this group.

Keywords: Student, social networks, qualitative study
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2015/01/2 | Accepted: 2015/09/1 | Published: 2016/01/19
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afshari M, mirzaeii M, kangavari M, afshari M. Students' experiences of the consequences of social networks: A qualitative study. J Qual Res Health Sci. 2015; 4 (3) :256-265
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Volume 4, Number 3 (12-2015) Back to browse issues page
مجله تحقیقات کیفی در علوم سلامت Journal of Qualitative Research in Health Sciences
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