Prevalence and risk factors of problematic internet use and the associated psychological distress among graduate students of Bangladesh (2016)

Asian J Gambl Issues Public Health. 2016;6(1):11. Epub 2016 Nov 25.

Islam MA1, Hossin MZ2.


A growing body of epidemiological literature suggests that problematic Internet use (PIU) is associated with a range of psychological health problems in adolescents and young adults. This study aimed to explore socio-demographic and behavioural correlates of PIU and examine its association with psychological distress. A total of 573 graduate students from Dhaka University of Bangladesh responded to a self-administered questionnaire that included internet addiction test (IAT), 12-items General Health Questionnaire and a set of socio-demographic and behavioural factors. The study found that nearly 24% of the participants displayed PIU on the IAT scale. The prevalence of PIU significantly varied depending on gender, socioeconomic status, smoking habit and physical activity (p < 0.05). The multiple regression analyses suggested that PIU is strongly associated with psychological distress regardless of all other explanatory variables (adjusted OR 2.37, 95% CI 1.57, 3.58). Further research is warranted to confirm this association by employing prospective study designs.


Bangladesh; General health questionnaires; Internet addiction test; Socioeconomic status; Young adults

PMID: 27942430

PMCID: PMC5122610

DOI: 10.1186/s40405-016-0020-1