A Study on Internet and Gaming Addiction, Hikikomori Trait and Insomnia Status among Medical Undergraduates at one of Cities of Western India

Authors

  • Sahil R Solanki GCS Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Ahmedabad
  • Rujul Pankajbhai Shukla GCS Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Ahmedabad https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2643-7465
  • Viral R Dave GCS Medical College, Hospital and Research Center, Ahmedabad https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0460-8609
  • Vasu G Rathod

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2023.v35i01.012

Keywords:

Humans, Male, Internet Addiction Disorder, Hikikomori, Prevalence, Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders, Cross-Sectional Studies, Behavior, Addictive, Students, Surveys and Questionnaires, Internet, Electronics, Informed Consent

Abstract

Background: College students appear more vulnerable in developing a dependence on the internet. Individuals with hikikomori are frequently reported to have social contact predominantly via the internet.

Objectives: To find the prevalence of Internet addiction, gaming Addiction, Hikikomori Trait and Insomnia amongst medical undergraduates and to study their association with various determinants.

Methodology: The present Cross-Sectional study was conducted among first to final-year medical students studying at various medical colleges in Indian City from February to May 2021. Data collection was done after obtaining the ethical permission of the Institute. A total of 400 students who gave consent were sent an electronic questionnaire.

Results: The mean age of study participants was 20 ± 1.58 years. Internet addiction was present in 189(47.2%) participants, gaming addiction in 128 (32%) students and Hikikomori Trait was found in 98(24.5%) students. There was a statistically significant association between different grades of insomnia and internet, gaming addiction, and hikikomori trait (<?0.0001) in the present study.

Conclusion: Internet addiction was present in almost half of the medical students while gaming addiction was seen in nearly one third of the students. Male gender and hostel stay had a statistically significant association with internet addiction, gaming addiction, insomnia and hikikomori trait.

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Published

2023-03-31

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Solanki SR, Shukla RP, Dave VR, Rathod VG. A Study on Internet and Gaming Addiction, Hikikomori Trait and Insomnia Status among Medical Undergraduates at one of Cities of Western India. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2023 Mar. 31 [cited 2024 Feb. 22];35(1):66-70. Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2493

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