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Table 3 Comparison of demographics and mean dentists’ opinion scores on the use of social media

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

Variables Mean ± SDa p value
Age in years  
 < 35 years 12.5 ± 1.8 0.721
 ≥ 35 years 12.4 ± 1.9
Gender   0.638
Male 12.4 ± 1.9
Female 12.5 ± 1.6
Qualification   0.613
Consultant/specialist 12.3 ± 1.9
General dental practitioner 12.5 ± 1.9
Resident/graduate research 12.5 ± 1.7
Dental intern 12.7 ± 1.7
Work setting of the main job   
Private 12.6 ± 1.8 0.410
Governmental 12.4 ± 1.8
Both (private and governmental) 11.9 ± 1.6
Academic 12.6 ± 1.8
Working hours per week   
1–19 h 12.6 ± 1.6  
20–34 h 12.4 ± 1.9 0.014*
35–49 h 12.5 ± 1.7  
50 + h 11.6 ± 1.8  
  1. *Significant at p = 0.05
  2. aPossible maximum opinion score = 17