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.
Keywords:medical students, Omdurman Islamic University, University of Science and Technology, Ahfad University for Women, Internet
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.