DOI: 10.4103/jme.jme_154_22 ISSN: 2667-0720

Prevalence and Factors Associated with Internet Gaming Disorder amongst Medical Students in Kodagu District: A Cross-sectional Study

Ashwini Madeshan, N. Sabari Raja, Sharvanan E. Udayar, B. C. Narasimha
  • General Engineering



Internet usage amongst young adults and students has increased over the decades. Heavy internet use leads to addiction and internet gaming disorder (IGD) in them.


The study was conducted to estimate the prevalence and factors associated with IGD amongst medical students of Kodagu Institute of Medical Sciences, Madikeri, Karnataka.


A cross sectional study was conducted amongst 516 medical students from June to July 2022. A universal sampling technique was implied in the study, and data were collected using a pre tested and validated questionnaire (IGD 20 scale). Data were extracted into Excel and analysed using Epi Info (version 7.2).


The prevalence of IGD amongst medical students was 23.25% (120). The IGD was higher amongst female players, 72 (60%), than the male players, 48 (40%) (P = 0.03). The students staying in the hostel had a high IGD, 112 (93.3%), compared to day scholars, 8 (6.7%) (P = 0.003). As socio economic status increased, the IGD amongst students also increased (P = 0.006).


The prevalence of IGD amongst medical students was 23.25%. The female students, hostelites and students from the upper class were more prone to develop IGD.

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