Study on Internet Addiction among Undergraduate Medical Students of Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, Telangana

Syed Iqthadar Ahmed, Punam Kumari Jha, J. Sneha Simon

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Background: There is rapid growth in the usage of internet globally mainly in urban areas. Usage has been rising exponentially. Students are particularly at risk because of their unique personal, social and academic needs. This study aims at estimating the prevalence of internet addiction among the medical students and to determine the factors associated with internet addiction. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 210 undergraduate medical students of Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, during the period of October 2019 to February 2020. A total of 210 medical undergraduate students were interviewed for internet addiction using the young’s internet addiction scale. A semi-structured questionnaire was used to collect data on socio-demographic profile. Data entry and analysis was done using SPSS version-19. Results: We found the prevalence of internet addiction among medical students to be 93.9% (mild-68.5%, moderate-21.9%, and severe-3.3%). Mobiles were the most common gadget used for internet access. Gender, staying in home and private accommodation, parent’s education, and the year of study were significantly associated with internet addiction. Conclusion: The study concludes that the vulnerability of medical students to internet addiction and efforts should be taken to increase awareness and prevent the problem of internet addiction in them.

Key words: Internet addiction, medical college, undergraduate medical students


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