The frequency of the use of information and communication technologies in school age children and musculoskeletal disorders connected with their use

Authors

  • Miloš Lazić PhD student, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3153-9987
  • Amra Mačak Hadžiomerović Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6122-2446
  • Arzija Pašalić Department for Health Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Samir Bojičić Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17532/jhsci.2022.1867

Keywords:

Information and communication technology, children, musculoskeletal symptoms

Abstract

Introduction: information and communication technology (ICT) has multiplied its availability and use, resulting in enormous usage, especially among school-age children, who use it for an average of 7.5 hours per day. The amount of time adolescents spend in front of electronic screens has increased significantly between the ages of 10 and 14, but there are significant gender changes. For boys, this increase is 41.6 minutes per day, while for girls it is 22.7 minutes per day.

Methods: The study is designed as an epidemiological, cross-sectional, descriptive-analytic, comparative study. The study will be conducted in the form of an online questionnaire on the Microsoft Forums platform during the period 12/15/2021 to 12/30/2021. Respondents were able to access the request for consent using a link and a QR code, which was previously signed by a parent/guardian giving consent for children to participate in this study.

Results: The results of this study show that school-aged children generally use cell phones with a touch screen between 2 and 3 hours daily during the work week (39.2%) and TV (39.5%). Pain caused by ICT use in the past 12 months occurred mainly in the neck/shoulder area (42.4%), while pain in the previous month occurred mainly in the lower extremities (29.1%).

Conclusion: Increased use of ICT devices was associated with higher levels of musculoskeletal symptoms. The higher pain burden in various body parts is of concern, and further research on the effects of ICT device use in adolescents is needed and warranted.

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20-01-2023

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Lazić M, Mačak Hadžiomerović A, Pašalić A, Bojičić S. The frequency of the use of information and communication technologies in school age children and musculoskeletal disorders connected with their use. JHSCI [Internet]. 2023 Jan. 20 [cited 2024 Apr. 13];12(3):223-30. Available from: https://www.jhsci.ba/ojs/index.php/jhsci/article/view/1867

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