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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 289-294

Prevalence and predictors of internet addiction among eastern indian undergraduate general college students: An institute-based study

Department of Community Medicine, Bankura Sammilani Medical College and Hospital, Bankura, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Rajib Saha
Department of Community Medicine, Bankura Sammilani Medical College and Hospital, Bankura - 722 102, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijsp.ijsp_105_20

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Background: Internet addiction (IA) has emerged as a potential problem in young people, which refers to excessive Internet use that interferes with their daily life as well as having significant health impacts. Objectives: The objective of this study was to ascertain the prevalence and the predictors of IA among general degree college students of Bankura municipal area. Materials and Methods: This analytical cross-sectional study was conducted from July 2019 to December 2019 at Bankura town among 216 undergraduate general degree college students who were regular Internet users (at least once in a week for the last 3 months). The study population was selected through simple random sampling method, and data were collected by a self-administered semi-structured questionnaire comprising Young's IA Test Scale, Patient Health Questionnaire-9 Depression Scale, Insomnia Severity Index, and Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale. To ascertain the predictor (s), variables which were found statistically significant in bivariate analysis, were considered for multivariate logistic regression. Results: The overall prevalence of IA among college students was 65%. Screen-related health impacts such as eyestrain, musculoskeletal problem, and insomnia were found significantly higher among Internet-addicted students. Multivariate logistic regression revealed that moderately and severely depressed college students are 6 times more prone to develop the IA, whereas it is 4 times higher in those who are in relationship. Conclusions: Although Internet technology is considered the most effective tool and one is compelled to use it for various purposes, every individual should be able to recognize the point where the Internet starts to overrule one's life and further hinders other activities of daily living.

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