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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 11, Issue 3, July 2014 pp 301-304

Research Article

Prevalence of Internet Overuse among Undergraduate Students of a Private University in South India

T. Jain1*, Y. Mohan2, S. Surekha3, V. Svathi Mouna3, U.S. Swapna3, Y. Swathy3, B. Swetha3, Porchelvan4

{1 Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine}, {2Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine}, {3 Final year part 1 students}, {4 Professor, Biostatistics, Department of Community Medicine}, Saveetha Medical College, Chennai-602105 Tamil Nadu, INDIA.




Internet use in India has gone up in recent years. By December 2013 approximately 213 million internet users will be there in the country. With the increase in number of internet use the number of internet addiction or problematic internet use is also on a rise in the country. In our study on the undergraduate students of a private University in South India we got almost 100% prevalence of internet use. 7.8% students were found to be overusing the Internet with 1.3% were found to be addicted according to Kimberley Young’s IA criteria. Positive association was found between the Internet overuse and Internet Addiction, and also male gender and Internet Addiction.