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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 4797-4800

Prevalence of internet addiction and its associated factors among medical students at Taiba University, Saudi Arabia


1 Joint Program of Family Medicine Postgraduate Studies, Ministry of Health, Al-Madinah, Saudi Arabia
2 Joint Program of Family Medicine, National Guard Health Affairs in Madinah, Ministry of National Guard, Al-Madinah, Saudi Arabia
3 Faculty of Pharmacy, Taibah University, Al-Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Alshaima Mohammad A Kolaib
Joint Program of Family Medicine Postgraduate Studies, Ministry of Health, Al-Madinah - 42313
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_655_20

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Background: This study aimed to determine the prevalence of internet addiction and its associated factors among medical students at Taibah University in Madinah, KSA. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 426 medical students from Taibah University, KSA. The 20-item Internet Addiction Test (IAT) was used to measure internet addiction. Results: Most participants (40.8%) used the internet for 5–7 hours/day and mainly for social networking (88.5%) and for downloading media files. Approximately, 6% were classified as internet addicts and 42% had occasional problems. Internet addiction was correlated negatively with performance. Internet addiction was significantly higher among those who used the internet for more than 10 hours/day (P < 0.001), those who used the internet mostly for downloading media files (P = 0.005) and for social networking (P = 0.005). Conclusion: Internet addiction among medical students is relatively high. Preventative measures like awareness campaigns are recommended to minimize internet addiction among university students.


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