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Association of internet addiction with adolescents’ lifestyle: A National School-based survey


Chan, Ying Ying and Awaluddin, S Maria and Lim, Kuang Kuay and Cheong, Siew Man and Baharudin, Azli and Ling, Miaw Yin and Sahril, Norhafizah and Omar, Mohd Azahadi and Ahmad, Noor Ani and Ibrahim, Normala (2021) Association of internet addiction with adolescents’ lifestyle: A National School-based survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1660-4601; ESSN: 1661-7827


Internet addiction (IA) among adolescents is an issue of growing concern with adverse effects on adolescents’ health and social functioning. This study aims to determine the prevalence of IA among school-going adolescents in Malaysia and its associated factors—specifically, lifestyle factors. A nationwide cross-sectional school-based health survey was conducted in 2017 among 27,497 students from 212 randomly selected secondary schools. Information regarding sociodemography, lifestyle, and internet use was obtained using a self-administered questionnaire. IA was measured using the Malay Version of Internet Addiction Test (MVIAT). The prevalence of internet addiction was 29.0%. A multivariable logistic analysis revealed that inadequate fruit and vegetable intakes, consumed carbonated soft drinks at least once a day, consumed fast food at least three days/week, sedentary behavior, current E-cigarette users, and ever/current alcohol drinkers were lifestyle factors significantly associated with IA. Adolescents from urban schools, of higher school grade, and those whose parents are married but living apart were also found to have a greater risk for internet addiction. A positive association was found between IA with unhealthy dietary and lifestyle behaviors among adolescents. The modification of lifestyle factors needs to be considered while developing strategies and interventions for awareness-raising and prevention of IA among adolescents.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010168
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Keywords: internet addiction; adolescents; lifestyle; prevalence; Malaysia
Depositing User: Ms. Nuraida Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2023 02:31
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2023 02:31
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/96104
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