Internet usage and associated factors among college students in Saudi Arabia

Sohail Akhtar, Asif Khan


Background: Internet usage has heightened exponentially globally. The Internet is a system of connected computer networks globally and millions of users are connected globally. Internet usage has increased.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was to done to know the prevalence of internet usage.

Results: The general prevalence of internet addiction (expressive as heavy users and very heavy users/addicts) was 42.5%.

Conclusions: A high proportion of students in the college suffer from the adverse effects of Internet addiction. It is essential for psychoanalysts and psychologists to be mindful of the mental problems induced by Internet addiction.


Internet, Addiction

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