Prevalence and Health related effects of Internet Addiction on Medical students in a Tertiary care center




Students, Medical, Depression, Behavior, Addictive, Anxiety Disorders, Internet, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Social Media, Procrastination


Background: Internet usage has increased exponentially in recent years. This growing use of internet has become worrisome as to whether to consider this excessive use as an addiction and if it negatively impacts one’s physical, mental and social health Aim: To investigate the prevalence of internet addiction and its association with health related factors in Medical students. Methods and Materials: A cross-sectional study was conducted with a sample size of 250. The students were asked to self-administer a semi-structured proforma regarding internet usage, Young’s IAT and Duke’s Health Profile. Young’s IAT was used to measure the addition level. Duke’s Health Profile was used to assess the physical, mental and social status. Result: 250 students participated in the study, 62% male and 38% female. 86% were found to be average online user and 1.2% had scores of category of Internet addiction. There was a significantly positive association between monthly expenditure and Young Score Grade. Those falling in category of Internet Addiction had low physical, mental and general health score and high Anxiety and Depression Score. Conclusion: From this study it can be concluded that internet addiction may have negative impact on physical, mental and social well-being of Medical students.


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Kaur G, saha sarama, das A, Naithani M. Prevalence and Health related effects of Internet Addiction on Medical students in a Tertiary care center. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2020 Mar. 31 [cited 2024 May 28];32(1):145-50. Available from:



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