CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU 2017; 07(01): 057-060
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1708697
Original Article

Internet addiction among the undergraduate students

C. Rajeswari
1  Lecturer, college of nursing, NIMHANS, Hosur road, Bangalore - 29
,
Ramachandra Ramachandra
2  Professor, college of nursing, NIMHANS, Hosur road, Bangalore - 29
,
Nimishamol Joseph
3  undergraduate students, college of nursing, NIMHANS, Hosur road, Bangalore - 29
,
Nivya George
4  undergraduate students, college of nursing, NIMHANS, Hosur road, Bangalore - 29
,
Pavithra K.
5  undergraduate students, college of nursing, NIMHANS, Hosur road, Bangalore - 29
,
Penini Syhly
6  undergraduate students, college of nursing, NIMHANS, Hosur road, Bangalore - 29
,
Prinu Jose
7  undergraduate students, college of nursing, NIMHANS, Hosur road, Bangalore - 29
› Author Affiliations

Abstract

Background: Internet addiction is an alarming issue which has significant impact on the lifestyle of people. Younger generation need to use internet judiciously and productively to prevent the underlying risks ahead.

Aim: To assess the degree of internet addiction among undergraduate students.

Methods: Using a non-experimental descriptive cross sectional research design, internet addiction was assessed among 200 undergraduate students studying at selected colleges in Bangalore city using Internet Addiction Scale.

Results: Forty nine percent (98) of the undergraduate students had mild addiction, 28.5% (57) were moderately addicted, and 0.5% (1) was severely addicted. No addiction was identified in 22% (44).

Degree of internet addiction was significantly associated with gender, course of study, level of education, religion, educational status of parents, total number of children in the family and internet use of significant others.

Conclusion: Though the intensity of addiction varies, majority of the undergraduate students studied were addicted to internet. Awareness about this addictive behaviour and timely intervention can protect this productive group of the society from the harmful effect of this internet addiction.



Publication History

Received: 18 June 2016

Accepted: 01 January 2017

Publication Date:
22 April 2020 (online)

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