The young generation in radiation protection (IRPA YGN) in social media and online learning: 'Brave New World' or 'Online Nightmare'?

Sylvain Andresz, Cinthia Papp, Tom Clarijs, Akihiro Sakoda, Marina Sáez-Muño, Rui Qiu

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    While online working seems to have become more common since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, social media has the potential to offer greater interactivity and networking capacities. Thus it seems relevant for the IRPA Young Generation Network to investigate the use of social media by members of the young generation in radiation protection (RP) through an online survey. It was also the opportunity to collect early feedback about on-line learning. The survey received 89 answers from 15 countries. The most commonly used social media platforms were first Facebook, then LinkedIn and Twitter, but other social media were reported. The respondents have a multi-objectives approach while on social media, using it for different purposes (chiefly for sharing news and RP related information/educational material) and different audiences (e.g. public, professional). Yet, they are making a very moderate use based on the frequencies of publication and consultation and the challenges they see in social media. The survey also collected the view of the young generation about their practical experience in learning in a virtual setting and its advantages and disadvantages vs. in-person learning. Most participants expressed mixed-feelings about on-line learning. The results show that the young generation can play a role in supporting the extra- and intra-communication activities of the RP community.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number031516
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Radiological protection
    StatePublished - 21 Sep 2022

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