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Keywords

Internet, Internet addiction, Students

 

Authors

  1. KRAJEWSKA-KULAK, ELZBIETA PhD
  2. KULAK, WOJCIECH PhD
  3. MARCINKOWSKI, JERZY TADEUSZ PhD
  4. DAMME-OSTAPOWICZ, KATARZYNA VAN PhD
  5. LEWKO, JOLANTA PhD
  6. LANKAU, AGNIESZKA MSc
  7. LUKASZUK, CECYLIA PhD
  8. ROZWADOWSKA, EMILIA PhD

Abstract

The objective of this research was to assess Internet addiction among students of the Faculty of Health Prevention at the Medical University of Bialystok. The present study included 358 students-nursing (n = 232), midwifery (n = 71), and medical rescue (n = 55). The following instruments were administered to the participants:the Young test, a test of the intensity of the abstinence syndrome, and a test of "online" addiction. Students who did not have a computer at home spent 3 hours a day on the Internet; students who did have a computer at home spent 0.5 to 8hours. On average, all respondents spent 1.8 +/- 1.3 hours daily online. Internet addiction was confirmed among 24 (10.3%) nursing, 7 (9.9%) midwifery, and 5(9.1%) medical rescue students. The abstinence syndrome was noted among 11 (4.7%) nursing, 7(9.9%) obstetrics, and 7 (12.7%) medical rescue students. Several students had both an Internet addiction and the abstinence syndrome.