TITLE: EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP OF INTERNET ADDICTION WITH COGNITION, ATTENTION, AND QUALITY OF SLEEP AMONG STUDENTS: AN INSTITUTION-BASED CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY


ABSTRACT
Purpose
This study aimed to determine the correlation of Internet Addiction with Attention, Cognition, and Quality of Sleep among students.
Methodology
An Observational based Institutional Correlation study was conducted on 186 students using convenience sampling in the campus of a Health Science University. Outcome measures used were Internet Addiction Test (IAT), Brief Cognitive Rating Scale (BCRS), Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS), and Sleep Quality Scale (SQS) to measure Internet Addiction, Cognition, and Attention and Sleep quality respectively. Google form was circulated among the students and data was collected. A correlation analysis was done using Pearson Rank Correlation.
Results
The mean IAT score for the Mild Group was 38.72 ± 5.00 and for the Moderate Group was 61.00 ± 9.22.The Mindful Attention Awareness Scale recorded scores of 63.97 ± 16.17 and 52.36 ± 14.64, Cognition scores was recorded using the BRCS scale were 8.00 ± 4.03 and 9.07 ± 4.57, Quality of Sleep was recorded using the QOS scale which showed the mean of 62.67 ± 12.36 and 67.64 ± 18.26 for the Mild and Moderate category respectively. This shows that there is a negative relation between Attention, Cognition and IA but there is a positive relation between Quality of Sleep and IA in Mild Category. Similarly, there is positive relation between IA and Attention, Cognition, Quality of Sleep in Moderate Category.