A Multifaceted Approach to Understand the Problem of Internet Addiction Among the Young Indian Students
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There is a broad consensus in the health literature regarding the positive and prolific effects of Internet technology on well-being, though several studies also describe the negative consequences in terms of emerging new pathological conditions among users. This article explores the prevalence, determinants and effects of Internet addiction among young Indian students. Using the questionnaire-based survey data from a cross-section of 1050 young Internet users, it reports evidence of Internet addiction among Indian students, which can be associated with Internet overuse and physical, psychological and behavioural indicators. It also highlights the psychological issues both, as a cause and effect, of longer Internet usage.
KeywordsInternet addiction Youth Disorders Behaviour
I am very grateful to Dr. Sudhanshu Kumar (NIPFP, New Delhi) and Dr. Bishnu Mohan Dash (B.R. Ambedkar College, University of Delhi) for their constructive criticism and making a number of helpful comments in preparation of final draft. I am also very thankful to the anonymous reviewers for their careful and meticulous reading of the article. This article is a part of research project funded by Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi. Any omissions or errors that remain are my sole responsibility.
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The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.
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