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INTERNET ADDICTION AND EXCESSIVE DAYTIME SLEEPINESS AND QUALITY OF LIFE AMONG MEDICAL FACULTY STUDENTS

GÜNDÜZ Nermin,TİMUR Özge,ERZİNCAN Erkal,TURAN Hatice,GÖKÇEN Onur,Eren Fatma,POLAT Aslıhan
2017, 1(2), s:56-63

Objective: Considering the increasing use of the internet among university students, medical faculty students are thought to be particularly sensitive because of the time they spend on the internet and because of intensive practical and theoretical course schedules. In this study, we aimed to examine the prevalence of internet addiction and also relationship between internet addiction and excessive daytime sleepiness and quality of life. among the medicine faculty students. We aimed to examine the prevalence of internet addiction and also relationship between internet addiction and excessive daytime sleepiness and quality of life among medical faculty students.

Method: This study was carried out among the students of Erzurum Atatürk University Medical Faculty. In this cross-sectional study, sociodemographic data form created by researchers, Young Internet Addiction Scale, SF-36 and Epworth Sleepiness Scale were applied after the signing of the voluntary affirmation document to the medical faculty students.

Results: A total of 274 medical faculty students from various classes were included in the study. 61,32% of the students were found to have internet addiction. 53.28% of them were at mild level, 8,04% of them were at moderate level. There was a positive correlation between internet addiction scale total score and epworth sleepiness scale total score. There was negative correlation between internet addiction and each subscale of SF 36.

Conclusion: This study is the first study to evaluate internet addiction, excessive daytime sleepiness and quality of life among medical faculty students. In our study group internet addiction was determined as one of the reasons for excessive daytime sleepiness. That’s why we must focus on the treatment of internet addiction which is a serious problem in social context in recent years.