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Table 1 Demographic information of study participants (n = 364)

From: The use of social media for professional purposes among dentists in Saudi Arabia

Variables N (%)
Age in years  
 < 35 years 229 (62.9)
 ≥ 35 years 135 (37.1)
Gender  
Male 213 (58.5)
Female 151 (41.5)
Qualification  
Consultant/specialist 96 (26.4)
General dental practitioner 148 (40.7)
Resident/graduate research 59 (16.2)
Dental intern 61 (16.8)
Work experience in years  
0–5 years 183 (50.3)
6–10 years 88 (24.2)
11–15 years 30 (8.2)
 > 16 years 63 (17.3)
Region of the main job  
Eastern 125 (34.3)
Central 139 (38.2)
Southern 18 (4.9)
Western 63 (17.3)
Northern 19 (5.2)
Work setting of the main job  
Private 67 (18.4)
Governmental 209 (57.4)
Both (private and governmental) 33 (9.1)
Academic 55 (15.1)
Working hours per week  
1–19 h 68 (18.7)
20–34 h 84 (23.1)
35–49 h 191 (52.5)
50 + hr 21 (5.8)
Daily general-purpose use of social media (in h)  
 < 30 min 21 (5.8)
 > 30 min to < 3 h 155 (42.6)
 > 3 to < 6 h 131 (36)
 > 6 h 57 (15.7)
Preferred communication tool in your dental practice with patients  
Social media 95 (26.1)
E-mail 21 (5.8)
Phone 155 (42.6)
In-person 93 (25.5)