Medical Records (Med Records), vol.1, no.65, pp.3, 2021 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)
Aim: With the announcement of the new coronavirus (COVID - 19) epidemic, which was detected in the Wuhan
region of China and later seen in many countries of the world, education and training were significantly affected
in all countries and distance education started to be used widely. Students can exhibit various virtual loafing
behaviors during distance education. Therefore, it was aimed to determine the cyber loafing behaviors of students
studying in health programs during distance education and the factors affecting these behaviors.
Material and Methods: In this descriptive study, a variety of private and state universities in Turkey and studying
in health programs that meet the inclusion criteria for the study were 405 students form the research sample.
Results: When students’ access to distance education tools were compared during the pandemic process, it was
observed that students using computers had higher levels of cyber loafing behavior activities compared to those
using other tools (p <0.05).
Conclusion: Distance education causes students to adhere to technological tools, increases the risk of engaging
in activities not related to the lesson, and thus leads them to exhibit cyber loafing behaviors.
Keywords: Distance education; cyberloafing; COVID-19