Prevalence & determinants of Internet Addiction among Indian adolescents

Arthanari, S. and Khalique, N. and Ansari, M.A. and Faizi, N. (2017) Prevalence & determinants of Internet Addiction among Indian adolescents. Indian Journal of Community Health, 29 (1). pp. 89-95. ISSN 9717587

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Background: Astonishing growth in the internet’s popularity with improvements in its availability and affordability has led to internet overuse and addiction. School students who have social, peer or behavioural problems are more susceptible to internet addiction. Objectives: To determine the prevalence of internet addiction in the school-going adolescents of Aligarh and to measure the association of internet addiction with the socio-demographics of the study participants. Material & Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in the schools of Aligarh. 1020 participants were selected through a multi-stage sampling technique proportional to the number of students in each class. Data Collection was done using a questionnaire that included Young’s 20-item Internet Addiction Test (IAT). Results: About 35.6% of the students had internet addiction. Males (40.6%) were significantly (p=0.001) more addicted to the internet than females (30.6%). On bivariate analysis, a higher age group (17-19 years) (OR= 2.152, 95% CI- 1.267- 3.655), male gender (OR= 3.510, 95% CI- 2.187 - 5.634) and internet access at home (OR= 2.663, 95% CI- 1.496 - 4.740) were found to have a significantly higher odds’ for internet addiction. Conclusions: Internet addiction is widely prevalent among school going adolescents and needs attention.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet; Internet addiction; Internet addiction test; Prevalence of internet addiction; School students
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Faculty of Medicine > J.N. Medical College > Department of Community Medicine
Depositing User: AMU Library
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2018 06:54
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2018 05:15

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