Background: The Internet has become an important tool for education, entertainment, and communication. Internet addiction in adolescence can have a negative impact on identity formation and may negatively affect cognitive functioning.
Aims and objectives: the present study was carried out in undergraduate students of four streams i.e. MBBS, BDS, B Com., B Tech. to evaluate the pattern of internet addiction and the factors affecting internet addiction among them in Udaipur city, Rajasthan.
Material and methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted from August 2015 to December 2015. Total 400 students were evaluated by a pretested, semi-structured questionnaire to collect data regarding socio-demographic characteristics and family harmony. To collect information on Internet addiction inter personal interviews were performed using a standardized ‘Internet Addiction Test’ developed by Dr. Kimberly S. Young in 1998.
Results: majority (54.7%) was identified as normal users of the Internet, 25.5% moderately and 15.7% severely addicted. Majority of severely internet (39.7%) addicts were doing B.Tech. Majority (36.5%) belonged to Class II and 28.6% were from class I.
Conclusion: The findings are suggestive of rising internet dependence among students. Effective IEC activities should be carried out to increase awareness regarding overuse of internet.
Internet, Addiction, Udaipur, Students, Kimberley Young scale