Document Type

Presentation - Poster - Presentation

University Students’ Screen Time has Increased Since COVID-19.



Date of Activity

Fall 9-29-2022



In 2017, during the SDA Nurse Educator conference held at SAU, a discussion ensued about social media and student study time. It was not long until the group came to consensus that social media is a major element in student success within the college setting, and as faculty, we expressed concern over the influence of screen time on student’s activities of daily living. It is hard to balance work, school, and screen time (Kemmentz, 2018; Ramsey et al., 2016; Twenge et al., 2017). Thus, a research group was formed and this study commenced and explored students' perceptions of utilizing technology specifically focusing on screen time.


The methodology follows a mixed methods design as we were interested in discovering student perceptions as well as having students review and relate time spent on a screen on social media. The online survey yielded data from 411 university students.


When asked how many hours a day they spend on a screen for non-school work activities, there was a major increase post-Covid pandemic. Spending 3 hours/day increased from 16% pre-Covid pandemic to 23% since March 2020 when Covid hit. Spending 4 hours/day on a screen increased from 11% to 14%. When participants were asked to describe their screen time usage, the respondents described how many hours a day they spent on a screen.


As healthcare providers and educators, it is important that we equip our students with skills to balance work, school, and screen time. Our world is advancing technologically and it is imperative that our future nurses can balance work and screen time to transform global nursing.

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