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Purpose:-The present study aims to report the academic use of social media by medical students in the government medical college, Kozhikode, Kerala-India.
Methodology:-Electronic questionnaires using Google Forms were distributed to collect data from the targeted participants and data were analysed with the help of IBM-SPSS using descriptive statistics including frequency and percentage methods.
Results:-The results of the study reported the scanty use of social media platforms by medical students for academic purposes and the overuse for entertainment. WhatsApp was the top used social media platform by the participants. Participants opined that the use of social media platforms was convenient and contained the latest information. Respondents cited that they had difficulty in retrieving the relevant information that they required and expressed concern about slow internet. Respondents agreed that the use of these social media platforms escalated their academic pursuit of a medical study.
Research limitations/Future directions:- The study was limited to medical students of a single district and can be conducted across the state.
Value:-The results of the study would give hints for integrating the social media platforms for academic purposes thereby improving the academic productivity of the students.