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Prevalence and risk factors of Internet addiction in medical students

Shiny John, Dharwadkar Kavitarati.

Abstract
Background: Technology has a high influence on our lifestyle. Due to this technology, the virtual life of Internet has taken away the real-life experiences. This has significant bearing on both the physical and mental health of an individual. Students too spend a significant amount of time on the Internet. Studies have demonstrated that this over-indulgence can be problematic. Internet addiction has an adverse effect on several lifestyle-related factors.

Objectives: The objective of this study was to assess the Internet addiction and associated risk factors among medical students.

Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based study was carried out on undergraduate medical students. Two questionnaires were administered to the students. One was a general questionnaire, which was subjective in nature. The second was the Young’s Internet Addiction Test.

Results: Majority of the students were using internet for <1 h (473, 65.4%). On analysis of the extent of pathological Internet use among students, it was found that majority of the students were belonging to average Internet user category (682, 86.3%) followed by frequently problematic user (97, 12.3%) and significantly problematic user (11, 1.4%) categories. It was found that gender, purpose, place, and time of accessing Internet significantly affect the extent of pathological Internet use among students. Family composition, parents’ addiction, and students’ addiction also play a significant role in determining the extent of pathological Internet use among students.

Conclusion: Internet addiction among high school students in Kerala was mostly seen in families with broken family ties as in divorce. Hence, environmental stressors and family issues have shown contribution to severe addiction among few students. The remaining students showed normal-to-moderate dependence. However, the students need timely monitoring to prevent severe addiction.

Key words: Internet; Addiction; Medical Students; Risk Factors; Young’s Internet Addiction Test


 
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John, S. & Kavitarati, D. (2018) Prevalence and risk factors of Internet addiction in medical students. Int J Med Sci Public Health, 7 (7), 595-600. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.1029501112017



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John, Shiny, and Dharwadkar Kavitarati. 2018. Prevalence and risk factors of Internet addiction in medical students. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health, 7 (7), 595-600. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.1029501112017



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John, Shiny, and Dharwadkar Kavitarati. "Prevalence and risk factors of Internet addiction in medical students." International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 7 (2018), 595-600. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.1029501112017



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John, Shiny, and Dharwadkar Kavitarati. "Prevalence and risk factors of Internet addiction in medical students." International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 7.7 (2018), 595-600. Print. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.1029501112017



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John, S. & Kavitarati, D. (2018) Prevalence and risk factors of Internet addiction in medical students. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health, 7 (7), 595-600. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2018.1029501112017





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