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A cross-sectional descriptive study of internet addiction among second MBBS students of a medical college in India

Kiran Abhay Bhave, Prachi Hastimal Jain, Maheshi Umakant Chhaya, Medhinee Rajendra Kulkarni.

Abstract
Background: Internet addiction disorder is identified as a matter of grave concern likely to cause physical, psychological, and social issues. Hence, this survey was designed to study its degree and impact on second MBBS students of a medical college in India.

Aims and Objectives: Objectives were to determine the degree of internet addiction, its effect on personal relationships, academics, psychological and physical health along with commonly accessed applications, and monthly expenditure.

Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was carried out wherein each participant was provided with a pre-validated questionnaire of which Young’s Internet Addiction Test (IAT) was a part.

Results: Of 108 participants, the ratio of males to females was 1:1. According to the IAT score, regular use was noted in 28 students whereas mild and moderate addiction was observed in 53 and 27 students, respectively. Academic performance was most affected (3.71 ± 2.03 vs. 6.53 ± 2.49 vs. 9.15 ± 1.59) while personal relationships were least affected (1.43 ± 1.45 vs. 2.07 ± 1.59 vs. 2.96 ± 2.63) across all grades. Deleterious effect on physical and psychological health was seen with increasing grades of addiction which was statistically significant. Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube, and Google were commonly accessed with majority (n = 94) of participants spending <500 INR monthly.

Conclusion: Our study inferred that mild and moderate addiction was commonly seen in students and can be a potential cause for physical and psychosocial issues. Nonetheless, the situation can be managed by employing a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, pharmacotherapy, and support group therapy.

Key words: Internet Addiction; Young’s Internet Addiction Questionnaire; MBBS Students; Mobile Phones


 
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Bhave KA, Jain PH, Chhaya MU, Kulkarni MR. A cross-sectional descriptive study of internet addiction among second MBBS students of a medical college in India. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08285202117082021


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Bhave KA, Jain PH, Chhaya MU, Kulkarni MR. A cross-sectional descriptive study of internet addiction among second MBBS students of a medical college in India. http://www.njppp.com/?mno=109313 [Access: October 01, 2021]. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08285202117082021


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Bhave KA, Jain PH, Chhaya MU, Kulkarni MR. A cross-sectional descriptive study of internet addiction among second MBBS students of a medical college in India. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08285202117082021



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Bhave KA, Jain PH, Chhaya MU, Kulkarni MR. A cross-sectional descriptive study of internet addiction among second MBBS students of a medical college in India. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08285202117082021



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Bhave, K. A., Jain, . P. H., Chhaya, . M. U. & Kulkarni, . M. R. (2022) A cross-sectional descriptive study of internet addiction among second MBBS students of a medical college in India. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08285202117082021



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Bhave, Kiran Abhay, Prachi Hastimal Jain, Maheshi Umakant Chhaya, and Medhinee Rajendra Kulkarni. 2022. A cross-sectional descriptive study of internet addiction among second MBBS students of a medical college in India. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08285202117082021



Chicago Style

Bhave, Kiran Abhay, Prachi Hastimal Jain, Maheshi Umakant Chhaya, and Medhinee Rajendra Kulkarni. "A cross-sectional descriptive study of internet addiction among second MBBS students of a medical college in India." doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08285202117082021



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Bhave, Kiran Abhay, Prachi Hastimal Jain, Maheshi Umakant Chhaya, and Medhinee Rajendra Kulkarni. "A cross-sectional descriptive study of internet addiction among second MBBS students of a medical college in India." doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08285202117082021



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Bhave, K. A., Jain, . P. H., Chhaya, . M. U. & Kulkarni, . M. R. (2022) A cross-sectional descriptive study of internet addiction among second MBBS students of a medical college in India. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.08285202117082021