Internet Addiction Among Students of the Medical University of Białystok. (2011)

Comput Inform Nurs. 2011 Jun 21.

Krajewska-Kułak E, Kułak W, Marcinkowski JT, Damme-Ostapowicz KV, Lewko J, Lankau A, Lukaszuk C, Rozwadowska E.


Author Affiliations: Departments of Integrated Medical Care (Drs Krajewska-Kułak, Damme-Ostapowicz, and Lewko; Ms Lankau; Dr Łukaszuk; and Ms Rozwadowska) and Pediatric Rehabilitation, Medical University of Białystok (Dr Kułak); and Social Medicine, Poznań University of Medical Sciences (Dr Marcinkowski), Poland.


The objective of this research was to assess Internet addiction among students of the Faculty of Health Prevention at the Medical University of Białystok. The present study included 358 students-nursing (n = 232), midwifery (n = 71), and medical rescue (n = 55). The following instruments were administered to the participants: the Young test, a test of the intensity of the abstinence syndrome, and a test of “online” addiction. Students who did not have a computer at home spent 3 hours a day on the Internet; students who did have a computer at home spent 0.5 to 8hours. On average, all respondents spent 1.8 ± 1.3 hours daily online.

Internet addiction was confirmed among 24 (10.3%) nursing, 7 (9.9%) midwifery, and 5(9.1%) medical rescue students. The abstinence syndrome was noted among 11 (4.7%) nursing, 7(9.9%) obstetrics, and 7 (12.7%) medical rescue students. Several students had both an Internet addiction and the abstinence syndrome.