Amid its widespread criticisms, a recent research article claims that majority students at the North South University of Bangladesh are depressed due to excessive internet dependency and other factors. The article, ‘Internet Dependency and Its Association with Depression among the Students of North South University of Bangladesh’, claimed some 16.8 percent of the respondents were mild to moderately depressed, while 65.3 percent deeply. The total 400 respondents were interviewed with the help of a structured questionnaire and two scales were used for measuring internet dependent and depression level, the article reads. Dhaka, UNB News Agency Reported.
Atia Arefin, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Jahangirnagar University, Kabirul Bashar, Hospital Coordinator at Mirpur Adhunik Hospital & Diagnostic Center Ltd, Mamtaz Mariam Asha, Medical Officer at Ahsania Mission Cancer & General Hospital Farah Parisha Bhuiyan, Physiotherapist, IBN SINA Hospita Mashuda Khanom Tithi and MPhil in Public Health, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Md Monoarul Haque are the authors of the research article. Md Monoarul Haque, Department of Public Health, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, is its corresponding author. Internet dependence was measured by the Internet Addiction Diagnostic Questionnaire Test, while depression by the CES-D scale.
The study, published on May 6 last, found direct effect of dependence on internet use on depression. The undergraduate students who were dependent on internet had a more chance to develop depression, it said. Internet dependence has begun to be an important problem with youngsters starting to excessive use of internet. Although studies about internet dependence are common in the world, they have just started becoming widespread. Current findings increase the understanding that internet dependence is more likely to vulnerability to depression. Figure shows 37 percent respondents used internet 4-7 hours a day followed by 51.8 percent 1-3 hours.
About 70 percent, 19.8 percent, 10.3 percent, 5.3 percent and 2.8 percent respondents used internet at night, at evening, at midnight, in the afternoon and in the morning respectively. It revealed 52 percent respondents used internet for social networking, 39.8 percent for entertainment, 35.8 percent for study, 8 percent for loneliness and 2.8 percent for health advices. Major depression, moderate depression and no depression were 37.8 percent 28.3 percent and 34 percent respectively.