Internet addiction among pharmacy undergraduate students in Malaysia

Authors

  • Ali S Radeef Department of Psychiatry, Kulliyyah (Faculty) of Medicine, International Islamic University Malaysia, Indera Mahkota Campus 25150, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
  • Ghasak Ghazi Faisal Department of Fundamental Dental and Medical Sciences, Kulliyyah (Faculty) of Dentistry, International Islamic University Malaysia, Indera Mahkota Campus, 25200 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31436/ijohs.v1i2.26

Keywords:

internet addiction, undergraduate, pharmacy, Malaysia

Abstract

Internet addiction occurs due to excessive and uncontrolled use of the internet. It may hinder academic achievement and lead to reduction in quality of life of the students. This study aims to assess the prevalence of internet addiction (IA) among pharmacy students. A sample of 223 students from Kulliyyah of Pharmacy, International Islamic University Malaysia participated in this study. Chen Internet Addiction Scale (CIAS) was used to assess the prevalence of Internet addiction. The prevalence of IA among pharmacy students was 26.9% while 13.5% were at higher risk for addiction. Although the mean score was higher among male students but it was not statistically significant (P>0.05). IA is significantly higher among
students who are spending more than 40 hours per week online. Students with poor social interaction had higher mean CIAS score than those who were socially active, however the difference was not statistically significant (P>0.05) In conclusion, Internet addiction need to be addressed early to prevent its effects on physical and mental wellbeing. Students need to be educated about controlling and managing time spent online to avoid progression into internet
addiction.

 

Author Biographies

Ali S Radeef , Department of Psychiatry, Kulliyyah (Faculty) of Medicine, International Islamic University Malaysia, Indera Mahkota Campus 25150, Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

 

 

Ghasak Ghazi Faisal, Department of Fundamental Dental and Medical Sciences, Kulliyyah (Faculty) of Dentistry, International Islamic University Malaysia, Indera Mahkota Campus, 25200 Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia.

 

 

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Published

2020-11-23

How to Cite

S Radeef , A. ., & Faisal, G. G. . (2020). Internet addiction among pharmacy undergraduate students in Malaysia . IIUM Journal of Orofacial and Health Sciences, 1(2), 78–83. https://doi.org/10.31436/ijohs.v1i2.26