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American Journal of Nursing Research. 2020, 8(2), 263-268
DOI: 10.12691/ajnr-8-2-15
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Impact of Internet Addiction on Lifestyle and Dietary Habits of Secondary School Adolescents

Atyat Mohammed Hassan1, 2, and Eman Sayed Ahmed2

1Department of Nursing Science, Collage of Applied Medical Science, Prince Sattam Bin Abd Abdulaziz University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

2Department of Pediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Assiut University, Egypt

Pub. Date: February 10, 2020

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Atyat Mohammed Hassan and Eman Sayed Ahmed. Impact of Internet Addiction on Lifestyle and Dietary Habits of Secondary School Adolescents. American Journal of Nursing Research. 2020; 8(2):263-268. doi: 10.12691/ajnr-8-2-15


Background: Adolescents are the most vulnerable group for internet addiction which can have a negative impact on adolescents' diet, exercise and nutrition. Objective: To determine the impact of internet addiction on lifestyle and dietary habits of secondary school adolescents. Methods: A cross-sectional design was utilized from January to May 2018 at four governmental secondary schools in Assiut city. It compromised of a stratified sampling technique of 400 adolescents aged from15-17 years old. Two tools included: Internet addiction test, and lifestyle pattern and dietary habits questionnaire to collect the data. Results: There was a statistical significant relation between levels of internet addiction and lifestyle of the studied adolescents. Also, there was statistical significant relation between levels of internet addiction test and change in dietary habits of the studied adolescents. Conclusion: Adolescents students who had significant problem from internet use complained of irregular bedtime, sleep disturbance, used tobacco, eat big meals, had loss of an appetite, and had fast eating speed more than their counterparts who had control over internet use. Recommendations: Raising adolescents’ awareness through mass media and health education program in the schools and family-centered care about adverse effects of internet addiction on their lifestyle and dietary habits.

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