Estimating harmful effects of mobile electronic gadgets on health of medical students

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Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Moscow, Russia

Correspondence should be addressed: Olga V. Ievleva
ul. Ostrovityanova, 1, Moscow, 117997, Russia; ur.ay@lvei-looc

Received: 2022-04-25 Accepted: 2022-05-28 Published online: 2022-06-30

It is difficult to imagine a modern society without electronic gadgets (EG), as they promote rapid acquisition and exchange of data. At the same time, modern technologies do not only ensure information exchange, but also influence different organs and systems of users. As they are more commonly used by students and adolescents, it is important to have a holistic picture of the effect produced by the EG to estimate the harmful effects of various mobile EG. The harmful effects on health of medical students associated with the use of mobile electronic gadgets was assessed. Scientific articles considering the issues of how various environmental factors and harmful effects associated with the excessive use of electronic mobile gadgets influence the health of students were reviewed. The articles published in 2015 to 2021 were searched within ELIBRARY, PUBMED, PSYCINFO and CYBERLENINKA. Thus, taking into account literature data about the health of modern students, their way of life, role and place of electronic gadgets in their lives, and a special importance of forming health-preserving skills exactly among medical students, who are the future doctors, subsequent examination of harmful effects, associated with mobile electronic gadgets used in educational and leisure activity, on students’ health, examining the effect of mobile electronic gadgets on other components of the students’ way of life and development of modern technologies of hygienic education of medical students at Universities still belong to relevant issues. Development of electronic technologies enables acquisition and processing of large amounts of information. However, various factors producing a negative effect on health and a way of life of a human being are poorly understood. In spite of diversified information technologies, it is important to remember about the necessary skills used when the technologies are applied. Thus, health and skills related to a healthy lifestyle belong to an important factor for future medical students.

Keywords: students, healthy lifestyle, hygienic education, mobile electronic gadgets