Urban and rural pattern of Internet use among youth and its association with mood state (2019)

J Family Med Prim Care. 2019 Aug 28;8(8):2602-2606. doi: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_428_19.

Hamza A1, Sharma MK2, Anand N3, Marimuthu P4, Thamilselvan P5, Thakur PC6, Suma N7, Baglari H6, Singh P6.



The problematic use of internet is associated with dysfunction life style. The emerging evidence do also suggest its impact on user’s mood profile. There is need to establish the urban and rural difference in relation to internet use as well as its association with mood states and its implications for primary care setting.


The present work explored the pattern of internet use in Urban and Rural area and its impact on mood states. 731 individuals (403 males and 328 females) in the age group of 18-25 years from urban and rural areas were approached for the study. The internet addiction test and Depression Anxiety Stress Scale were administered in group setting. Results indicated no significant difference in term of internet use as well as in term for gender. Significant difference was seen for internet use and mood states.


The results indicate no significant difference in terms of internet use pattern and gender in relation to urban and rural areas. However, a significant difference exists with respect to Internet use and its relation to depression, anxiety and stress.


It implies the development of early brief intervention for Primary Physicians to enable them to screening psychological conditions along with internet use as well as help users to have healthy use of technology.

KEYWORDS: Internet; rural; urban; youth

PMID: 31548940

PMCID: PMC6753815

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_428_19

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