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International Journal of Nursing Education and Research
Year : 2019, Volume : 7, Issue : 1
First page : ( 5) Last page : ( 9)
Print ISSN : 2347-8640. Online ISSN : 2454-2660.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2454-2660.2019.00002.4

A Cross Sectional Study to measure the level of Internet addiction among adolescents in Manchanath Dev High School, Sameigadia, Bhubaneswar with a view to develop an Information Leaflet

Mrs. Sonalika Soumya*

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Health Nursing, Kalinga Institute of Nursing Sciences (KINS), KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

*Corresponding Author E-mail: ssonalika@outlook.com

Online published on 16 March, 2019.

Abstract

Background of the study

There has been an explosive growth in the use of internet not only in India but also worldwide in the last decade. There were about 42 million active adolescent internet user in urban India in 2008 as compared to smaller in 2000. The internet is used by same to facilitated research to seek information, for interpersonal communication, and for business transaction. On the other hand, it can be used by same to indulge in pornography, excessive gaming, chatting for long hours and even gambling. There have been growing concerns worldwide for what has been labelled as ‘internet addiction’. School students who have social, peer or behavioural problems are more susceptible to internet addiction.

Objectives

  1. To measure the level of internet addiction among adolescents.

  2. To associate the level of internet addiction with their selected demographic variables.

  3. To develop an information leaflet on internet addiction.

Method

A non-experimental exploratory research design was adopted to carry out the present study. Convenient sampling technique was to select 50 adolescents. Data was collected by using Young's Internet Addiction Test (IAT), 20 item 5-point Likert scale to measure the level of internet addiction among adolescents with a view to develop information leaflet. The analysis was done by using descriptive and inferential statistics.

Results

Findings of the study revealed that majority of respondents 23 (46%) had mild level of internet addiction, 13 (26%) had moderate level of internet addiction and 9(13%) had no internet addiction. There was significant association between level of internet addiction and the selected demographic variables such as per capita income of the family, father's occupation, types of mobile use at 0.05 level of significance.

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Keywords

Internet addiction, adolescents, information leaflet.

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