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Leveraging Social Media to Learn: A New Era for Medical Education

      Digital technology is designed to keep us hooked and engaged for prolonged periods of time (

      Social media has hijacked our minds: click here to fight it. Available at: https://www.wired.com/story/our-minds-have-been-hijacked-by-our-phones-tristan-harris-wants-to-rescue-them. Accessed on March 2, 2022.

      ). On average we interact with it about 58 times a day, and according to a report, teens spend an average of nine daily hours on social media platforms (

      Landmark Report: U.S. Teens use an average of nine hours of media per day, tweens use six hours. Available at: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/about-us/news/press-releases/landmark-report-us-teens-use-an-average-of-nine-hours-of-media-per-day-tweens-use-six-hours. Accessed on March 2, 2022.

      ). Due to digital dissonance, this highly engaging and time-consuming technology is not always considered useful for educational purposes (
      • Clark W
      • Logan K
      • Luckin R
      • et al.
      Beyond web 2.0: Mapping the technology landscapes of young Learners.
      ). Despite this, leveraging the power of social media to maximize learning is still possible.

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