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Kamran A, Farahani A, Bakhteyar K, Pirzadeh A, Fathian Z, Mirkarimi K, et al . Internet Addiction Associated with Smoking And Educational Status of University Stude. HSR 2012; 8 (4) :635-642
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1- PhD Candidate, Student Research Committee, Department of Health Education, Health Education & Promotion Department, School of Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2- MSc, Department of Health Education, School of Health, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khoramabad, Iran
3- Lecturer, Department of Public Health, School of Health, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khoramabad, Iran
4- BSc, Department of Public Health, School of Health, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khoramabad, Iran
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Background: Widespread use of the Internet, lack of proper use and non-targeted searches, not only moves the students far from the main mission of the internet in the university but also will impact adversely on their academic status. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between internet addiction with academic status and smoking in Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Iran. Methods: This study was conducted on 368 students of Lorestan Medical University. A Yang standard internet addiction questionnaire was applied for data gathering and data was analyzed with t-test, ANOVA, Tukey, Mann Withney, Kruskal-Wallis, Eta and Spearman correlation coefficient in 0.05 significant level. Findings: From a total of 368 students that participated in the study, 163 patients (44.3%) were male and 205 (55.7%) were female. 63.3% of them had moderate dependency and 7.3% had a sever addiction to internet. All of the students with sever dependency had declined in academic status. There was a significant relation between decline in academic status and smoking with the mean score of internet addiction. It also showed a direct correlation between educational level and using internet. There was also an inverse relationship between average education level and internet using (P < 0.01). Conclusion: The prevalence of internet dependency in this study was concerning and it seems that the time for intervention to prevent physical and psychological effects of internet addiction has arrived.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: education health and promotion
Received: 2020/07/16 | Accepted: 2012/10/15 | Published: 2012/10/15

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