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Association between Internet Use Behavior and Palpitation among Adolescents: A Cross-Sectional Study of Middle School Children from Northwest Romania

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Department Pediatrics I, Emergency Pediatric Hospital, University of Medicine and Pharmacy ”Iuliu Hatieganu”, 400370 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU), 67299 Strasbourg, France
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(12), 4278; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124278
Received: 2 May 2020 / Revised: 7 June 2020 / Accepted: 10 June 2020 / Published: 15 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Children's Health)
Purpose: The use of the internet is a tool and media literacy has become an essential skill among adolescents. Related to this behavior, some adolescents evoke cardiovascular effects. The purpose of this study was to explore a possible correlation between internet use behavior and occurrence of palpitations and related symptoms among a representative cohort of adolescents from the north-west region of Romania. Method: The study included students of seven middle schools from Northwest Romania. Participants completed an anonymous questionnaire consisting of 18 questions about internet use. Results: In total, 1147 students responded to the study. Mean duration of daily internet usage was 2.57 h during school time and 3.57 h during the holidays. A total of 77% of adolescents had more than one symptom related to internet use, and 11% of them reported palpitations and related symptoms. We found an independent relation between palpitation and urban background, palpitations and the internet usage time interval 20:00–24:00, and palpitations and tobacco smoking. Strong heartbeats were independently associated with the time interval 12:00–16:00, tobacco smoking, and energy drink consumption. Conclusion: In our cohort, the most important factors associated with the occurrence of palpitations and related symptoms were the timeframe of internet usage and smoking. View Full-Text
Keywords: internet; adolescents; cardiac symptoms internet; adolescents; cardiac symptoms
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Lazea, C.; Popa, A.; Varga, C. Association between Internet Use Behavior and Palpitation among Adolescents: A Cross-Sectional Study of Middle School Children from Northwest Romania. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4278.

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