call for more nuanced approaches to understanding selfie use among medical students


  • Dr Parthkumar Devmurari RK University


Behaviour, selfie, medical education


This letter is in response to the research article titled "Assessment of Selfie addiction among undergraduate medical Students," which aimed to determine the demographic profile of selfie users and their association with risky and dangerous selfie behavior among medical students in northern India. The study was conducted among 220 medical students using a self-prepared questionnaire and the Selfitis Behavior Scale. Results showed that 68.6% of participants were daily selfie takers and 40.9% engaged in dangerous selfie behavior. The study sheds light on the prevalence of selfie addiction among medical students and the need for interventions to promote responsible smartphone use among this population.


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Devmurari DP. call for more nuanced approaches to understanding selfie use among medical students. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2023 Jul. 1 [cited 2023 Oct. 1];35(3). Available from: