Title

Social Life at CWU: A Study about CWU Students as Part of the Kittitas County Community Health Assessment

Presenter Information

Nazha El kabouss

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom A

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to survey students about health and quality of life issues as part of the Kittitas County Community Health Assessment. We wanted to find out how social CWU students are and what types of communication they prefer to use the most. Being social is important for overall health and well-being. A survey invitation and link were sent to students’ CWU email addresses. Over 601 participants took the survey, 396 females and 205 males. The design of this study was cross sectional, as most questions were designed to understand the social life of CWU students in the past 24 hours. Results showed that the average CWU student spends 2.57 hours using the internet for academic purposes, and 3.22 hours for nonacademic purposes. Both males and females prefer to use text messaging as their main form of communication. In addition, most students rated themselves as social. With approximately 225 paper surveys recently added to the dataset, we may be able to compare student responses to see potential differences in responses for electronic versus paper survey completers. Similar studies about social life should be conducted using a random sample. Future assessment should investigate the relationship between the use of internet for nonacademic purposes and students’ academic achievements, such as GPA. If a negative relationship is observed, it will be crucial to create programs to better inform students about using the internet.

Poster Number

14

Faculty Mentor(s)

Rebecca Pearson

Additional Mentoring Department

Physical Education, School and Public Health

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Social Life at CWU: A Study about CWU Students as Part of the Kittitas County Community Health Assessment

SURC Ballroom A

The purpose of this study was to survey students about health and quality of life issues as part of the Kittitas County Community Health Assessment. We wanted to find out how social CWU students are and what types of communication they prefer to use the most. Being social is important for overall health and well-being. A survey invitation and link were sent to students’ CWU email addresses. Over 601 participants took the survey, 396 females and 205 males. The design of this study was cross sectional, as most questions were designed to understand the social life of CWU students in the past 24 hours. Results showed that the average CWU student spends 2.57 hours using the internet for academic purposes, and 3.22 hours for nonacademic purposes. Both males and females prefer to use text messaging as their main form of communication. In addition, most students rated themselves as social. With approximately 225 paper surveys recently added to the dataset, we may be able to compare student responses to see potential differences in responses for electronic versus paper survey completers. Similar studies about social life should be conducted using a random sample. Future assessment should investigate the relationship between the use of internet for nonacademic purposes and students’ academic achievements, such as GPA. If a negative relationship is observed, it will be crucial to create programs to better inform students about using the internet.