Nepal Med Coll J. 2012 Mar;14(1):46-8.
Department of Physiology, Nepal Medical College, Kathmandu, Nepal. [email protected]
The use of Internet for education, recreation and communication is increasing day by day. Nevertheless, the possibility of exploitation and addiction leading to impairment in academic performance and emotional balance cannot be denied, especially among young population.
The study was aimed to measure the degree of Internet addiction among a group of medical students. Internet addiction test questionnaire developed by Young was used to assess mild, moderate and severe addiction. Amongst the study population (n=130, age 19-23 years), 40% had mild addiction. Moderate and severe addiction was found in 41.53% and 3.07% of the participants respectively.
The study revealed that 24% often and 19.2% always found themselves using Internet longer than they had planned or thought.
Late night Internet surfing leading to sleep deprivation was found in 31.53% of the participants.
Almost one fourth of them (25.38%) occasionally tried to cut down the time they spent on the Internet but failed and 31.53% sometimes experienced restlessness when deprived of Internet access.
Results reflected that a significant number of participants suffered from mild to moderate addiction. The role of counseling and education should be emphasized for prevention of Internet addiction.