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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 95-99

Internet addiction and its correlates among undergraduate college students in Udupi Taluk, Karnataka


1 Department of Public Health, Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Statistics, Prasanna School of Public Health, MAHE, Manipal, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Lena Ashok
Department of Public Health, MAHE, Manipal, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jdmimsu.jdmimsu_44_17

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Background: Due to the rapid expansion of technology, internet has become the most vital part of human life and youth are found to be more dependent on it for various purposes. Aim: This study aims to estimate the prevalence of internet addiction and identify its associated factors among undergraduate college students. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study design was adopted. A total of 1304 college students were included through convenient sampling. A self-administered questionnaire was used which consisted of a semi-structured pro forma on sociodemographic profile, characteristics of internet usage, Young's Internet addiction test and depression, anxiety and stress test. Descriptive statistics were reported, and Chi-square test was used to assess the relationship between expected outcomes. Results: Out of the total 1304 participants, 716 (54.9%) were females and 588 (45.1%) were females. The mean age of the participants was 19.16 years. The prevalence of internet addiction was found to be 44% and it was significantly associated with factors such as gender, father's occupation, mother's education, availability of personal gadgets, use of smartphone, exposure to internet at young age; and with increase in internet addiction, there was subsequent increase in the level of depression, anxiety, and stress. Conclusion: Although internet technology is considered the most effective tool and one is compelled to use it for various purposes, however, every individual should be able to recognize the point where internet starts to overrule one's life and further hinders other activities of daily living.


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