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Table 2 Percentages and mean of the time spent on a screen across five different activities (N = 353)

From: The online learning experience and reported headaches associated with screen exposure time among Saudi health sciences students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Activities Never < 30 min 30 min-to 2 h 2–4 h 4–8 h > 8 h Mean ± SD
Working on a computer/tablet 2.83% 2.83% 9.07% 18.41% 37.11% 29.75% 3.7 ± 1.2
Playing video games on a computer/tablet 39.94% 26.06% 17.28% 11.90% 3.12% 1.7% 1.2 ± 1.3
Surfing the Internet on a computer/tablet 7.93% 15.58% 20.96% 25.50% 15.30% 14.73% 2.7 ± 1.5
Watching TV or videos (movies, serials, TV programs) on a computer/tablet 9.63% 12.46% 33.14% 24.93% 13.88% 5.95% 2.4 ± 1.3
Using a smartphone 1.42% 3.12% 12.75% 26.35% 30.03% 26.35% 3.6 ± 1.2
The overall mean time score spent by students in front of electronic screens 13.5 ± 3.7
Total screen time exposure quartiles Very low low high Very high
10 (2.83%) 127 (35.98%) 186 (52.69%) 30 (8.50%)