Internet use and addiction among medical students in Qassim University, Saudi Arabia

Other Title(s)

استخدام و إدمان الإنترنت عند طلاب كلية الطب بجامعة القصيم بالمملكة العربية السعودية

Joint Authors

Taha, Muhammad Hasan
Shahzad, Khalid
al-Amr, Ahmad Salih
Wadi, Majid

Source

Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal

Issue

Vol. 19, Issue 2 (31 May. 2019), pp.142-147, 6 p.

Publisher

Sultan Qaboos University College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Publication Date

2019-05-31

Country of Publication

Oman

No. of Pages

6

Main Topic

Educational Sciences
Sociology
Medicine

Topics

Abstract EN

Objectives: This study aimed to measure the prevalence of Internet use and addiction and determine its association with gender, academic performance and health among medical students.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted between December 2017 and April 2018 at the College of Medicine, Qassim University, Buraydah, Saudi Arabia.

The validated Internet Addiction Test questionnaire was distributed by simple random methods to medical students (N = 216) in the pre-clinical phase (first-, second- and third-years).

A chi-square test was used to determine significant relationships between Internet use and addiction and gender, academic performance and health.

Results: A total of 209 student completed the questionnaire (response rate: 96.8%) and the majority (57.9%) were male.

In total, 12.4% were addicted to the Internet and 57.9 had the potential to become addicted.

Females were more frequent Internet users than males (w = 0.006).

Academic performance was affected in 63.1% of students and 71.8% lost sleep due to late-night Internet use, which affected their attendance to morning activities.

The majority (59.7%) expressed feeling depressed, moody or nervous when they were offline.

Conclusion: Internet addiction among medical students at Qassim University was very high, with addiction affecting academic performance and psychological well-being.

Suitable interventional and preventive measures are needed for proper Internet use to protect students’ mental and physical health.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Taha, Muhammad Hasan& Shahzad, Khalid& al-Amr, Ahmad Salih& Wadi, Majid. 2019. Internet use and addiction among medical students in Qassim University, Saudi Arabia. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal،Vol. 19, no. 2, pp.142-147.
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Modern Language Association (MLA)

Taha, Muhammad Hasan…[et al.]. Internet use and addiction among medical students in Qassim University, Saudi Arabia. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal Vol. 19, no. 2 (May. 2019), pp.142-147.
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American Medical Association (AMA)

Taha, Muhammad Hasan& Shahzad, Khalid& al-Amr, Ahmad Salih& Wadi, Majid. Internet use and addiction among medical students in Qassim University, Saudi Arabia. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal. 2019. Vol. 19, no. 2, pp.142-147.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-895461

Data Type

Journal Articles

Language

English

Notes

Includes bibliographical references : p. 147

Record ID

BIM-895461