Internet addiction among medical students in three universities (Omdurman Islamic University, University of Science and Technology and Ahfad University for Women). Omdurman Locality - Sudan 2016.

Sondos Mohammed Awadallah Altayeb, Bashier Eltayeb Shumo, Elfatih Mohammed Malik

Abstract


Background: There has been explosive growth in the use of internet in the last decade. This results in serious problems in many areas. The aim is to study patterns and effects of internet addiction among medical students in three universities in Omdurman locality, Sudan 2016
Method: This cross-sectional study was conducted at 3 medical colleges out of 5 in Omdurman. A standard questionnaire based on Young’s internet addiction test was used to collect data from 272 medical students.
Results: The prevalence of internet addiction was found to be 80.15% (95% CI: 75-85). Most students use internet for chatting and academic purposes. There is no signifcant association between gender and
internet addiction (p=0.360), but there is association between duration of daily internet use and the level of internet addiction (p<0.001). Most students have their academic performance affected, and 74.7% (95% CI:
69-80) feel depressed when not online. Most students prefer staying on internet than sitting with parents or friends. The most observed side effects for prolonged use are “blurring of vision”55.9% (95% CI: 50-62)
and headache 47.8% (95% CI: 42-54).
Conclusion: Incidence of internet use is increasing. Most students have their health affected from prolonged use of internet, and most of them have their academic, social life and sleep affected. There is
a need for motivation of students to participate in social activities, limiting internet use in lecture theatre, limiting access to open Wi-Fi and for awareness raising sessions.

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