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Title: Prevalence and factors associated with problematic internet use in a population of spanish university students
Authors: Ramón Arbués, Enrique ORCID RESEARCHERID SCOPUSID
Granada López, José Manuel ORCID SCOPUSID
Martínez Abadía, Blanca SCOPUSID
Serrano, Emmanuel Echániz SCOPUSID
Keywords: Problematic Internet use; University students; Stress; Anxiety
Issue Date: 17-Jul-2021
Publisher: MDPI AG
Citation: Ramón-Arbués, E.; Granada-López, J.M.; Martínez-Abadía, B.; Echániz-Serrano, E.; Antón-Solanas, I.; Nash, M. Prevalence and Factors Associated with Problematic Internet Use in a Population of Spanish University Students. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 7620.
Abstract: Background: To examine the prevalence, and associated factors of, problematic Internet use in a sample of Spanish university students. (2) Methods: Cross-sectional descriptive study of a convenience sample of 698 university students. Self-esteem, alcohol consumption, perceived social support, depression, anxiety, stress and problematic Internet use were evaluated using the Rosenberg, CAGE, DUKE-UNC-11, DASS-21 and Young’s Internet Addiction Test, respectively. (3) Results: Problematic internet use was reported by 21% of respondents. Risk of problematic Internet use was independently associated with the preferred use of the smartphone, time of exposure to the Internet, less perceived social support, problematic alcohol consumption and symptoms of stress and anxiety. We found significant association between problematic internet use and time of exposure to the Internet, residential status, alcohol consumption, self-esteem, perceived social support and psychological distress, after bivariate analysis. (4) Conclusions: A considerable prevalence of problematic Internet use was found; in our sample problematic Internet use was associated with stress, alcohol consumption, anxiety and perceived social support. Strategies aimed at the early identification of problematic Internet use may lead to an improvement in the psychosocial health of the university student population.
ISSN: 1661-7827
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