Digital Citizenship And Mental And Physical Well-Being Of Saudi Citizens

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Samia M Almutairi , Ayman M Al-Shehri , Shuruq M Al Qurashi , Reem A Alzahrani , Khaloud Salih S Althobity , Mishael W Alsufyani , Kholoud W Alsofyani , Khairiah M Althagafi , Nadiah A Aldowayan, Mona J Alhomidi, Rabia Batool


Background: The escalating integration of technology and digital platforms in the lives of individuals raises pertinent concerns regarding its impact on mental and physical well-being. This study aims to explore the association between Digital Citizenship and the well-being of Saudi citizens, considering the multifaceted dimensions of digital behavior and their potential consequences.

Method: Employing a cross-sectional descriptive research design, data was collected from a diverse sample of 400 healthcare workers in the Jizan Region, KSA. The Digital Citizenship Scale was utilized to assess online behaviors, while the Short Form 12 (SF-12) Questionnaire gauged mental and physical well-being. Descriptive statistics, Pearson Correlation, t-tests, and ANOVA were employed for data analysis.

Results: The findings revealed a significant correlation between various facets of digital citizenship and mental and physical well-being. Responsible digital behaviors, such as online etiquette and security consciousness, correlated positively with enhanced well-being. Conversely, exposure to cyberbullying and security breaches was associated with lower well-being scores.

Conclusion: The study underscores the vital role of responsible digital citizenship in shaping the mental and physical well-being of Saudi citizens. Promoting awareness and education regarding digital behaviors can contribute to a healthier online environment. Policymakers, educators, and healthcare professionals are encouraged to collaborate in integrating digital citizenship education and initiatives to safeguard the well-being of individuals in the digital age.

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