Physical Health Problems and Patterns of Self-Care Associated with the Use of Digital Devices among University Students

Authors

  • Dirgha Raj Joshi Mahendra Ratna Campus Tahachal, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Umesh Neupane Butwal Multiple Campus, Tribhuvan University, Butwal, Nepal
  • Roshan Chitrakar Nepal College of Information Technology, Kathmandu, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/mjmms.v1i1.42918

Keywords:

Digital devices, physical health, self-care

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Utilization of digital devices create some problems for users, such as, mental disorder, visual problems, headache, weight gain and unnecessary time consumption. Therefore, this study aims to identify the information about the practices on the use of digital devices, its impact on physical health and pattern of self-care among the university students involved in different professions.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: MPhil scholars involved in different professions (n= 315) of Nepal Open University (NOU) had participated in this cross-sectional online survey during January 2019 to August 2019. Multivariable analysis was employed to obtain rate ratios and chi-square test was used for the association of the use of digital devices with physical health problems.

RESULTS: Socio-demographic factors like age was significantly associated with neck pain (p=0.02) and stiffness in hands/arms (p=0.04), while profession was associated with weight gain and difficulty in sleep (p=0.04). Moreover, the use of tablets or taking tea or coffee during the use of digital devices was associated with headache among university students (p=0.05) with small effect sizes. Additionally, we found that headache (p< 0.001), and weight gain (p= 0.01) were significantly associated with the daily use of computer and TV respectively.

CONCLUSIONS: Physical health problems among the subjects who used computers and TV were relatively high as compared to the subjects who used laptops. Self-care measures taken by participants for physical health problems involved the use of medicine and meditation.

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Author Biography

Dirgha Raj Joshi, Mahendra Ratna Campus Tahachal, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

and Nepal Open University, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Published

2021-12-31

How to Cite

Joshi, D. R., Neupane, U., & Chitrakar, R. (2021). Physical Health Problems and Patterns of Self-Care Associated with the Use of Digital Devices among University Students. MedS Alliance Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences, 1(1), 11–19. https://doi.org/10.3126/mjmms.v1i1.42918

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Original Investigations