Prevalence of internet addiction and its association with socio-demographic factors among MBBS students at medical college, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh

Vimal Arya, Harpreet Singh, Anil Kumar Malhotra


Background: Internet addiction is known by many other terms such as pathological internet use or problematic internet use. It is an issue of growing concern specially in the youth of our country. Besides causing physical problems like headache, backache, neck pain, vision problems and insomnia, it can also cause problems in an individual’s social relationships and personal life.

Objectives: 1. To assess the prevalence of internet addiction and 2. To find the association of socio-demographic factors with internet addiction.

Methods: Young’s Internet Addiction Test was used to measure the prevalence of internet addiction among 402 study participants. Their socio-demographic profile was also obtained via a different questionnaire after obtaining the consent from the students themselves. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 20.

Results: Out of total 402 participants 235 (58.45%) were males and 167 (41.55%) were females. Score of 80 and above (out of 100) was obtained in 13 (3.23%) students and the score between 50 to 79 was observed in 25 (6.21%) students. It was significantly higher in male students.

Conclusion: With changing lifestyles, youths are becoming more inclined towards internet which when taken to the level of addiction can cause various health and social issues. It is relatively a newer kind of addiction that is developing in the youth of today. De-addiction centers are being established in many cities in our country to face this problem.

Keywords: Internet Addiction, Young’s Internet Addiction Test, MBBS Students


Internet addiction, Young’s internet addiction test, MBBS students

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