Internet addiction and its determinants among medical students (2015)

Ind Psychiatry J. 2015 Jul-Dec;24(2):158-62. doi: 10.4103/0972-6748.181729.

Chaudhari B1, Menon P1, Saldanha D1, Tewari A1, Bhattacharya L1.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Maharashtra, India.



Exponential use of internet has resulted in internet addiction in recent times. Students are particularly at risk because of their unique personal, social, and academic needs.


The study was designed to evaluate the prevalence of internet addiction and its determinants among medical students.


A cross-sectional study was conducted in 282 medical students with the help of semi-structured questionnaire consisting of questions related to demographic information, information related to internet use, and Young’s internet addiction test.


We found prevalence of internet addiction among medical students to be 58.87% (mild – 51.42%, moderate -7.45%) and significantly associated factors with internet addiction being male gender, staying in private accommodation, lesser age of first internet use, using mobile for internet access, higher expenditure on internet, staying online for longer time, and using internet for social networking, online videos, and watching website with sexual content.


Medical students are vulnerable for internet addiction and efforts should be taken to increase awareness and prevent the problem of internet addiction in them.


Determinants; internet addiction; medical students; prevalence