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

Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2013 pp 80-81

Research Article

Internet Use among Intern Doctors-A Cross Sectional Study at Government Medical College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, INDIA

Smita Andurkar1, Lata Godale2

{1Assistant professor, 2Professor and Head} Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Government Medical College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



Background: The Internet has become the world’s biggest library where retrieval of scientific resources can be done within minutes. Young adults are heavy users of internet. It is integrated into their daily communication habit and has become a technology as ordinary as telephone or television. Method: A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted in Government Medical College Aurangabad from Feb to April 2013 with the objective to estimate extent and purpose of internet use among intern doctors and its impact on their daily, academic and social routine. The participants also completed the Internet addiction test (IAT). Result: 95.48% intern doctors were using internet. The age of starting internet use ranges from 13-23yrs.About 57.43% participants started using internet at the age of 18-20 yrs. The average time spent online was 100 min. About 91.09% intern doctors have email ID. Getting information was the main purpose of use of internet (84.16%) followed by media for social communication (60.40%). About 63.5% participants were average users of  internet with IAT score of  20-49.In about 30.5% of participants occasional problematic use of internet was found with IAT score of 50-79 while 1%of participants were found addicted to internet with IAT score of 80 onwards .