Assessing the relationship between internet addiction and loneliness with sleep quality in youth population

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

2 Assistant professor of psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

3 MS.c. in clinical psychology, Islamic Azad University, Branch of Torbat-e-Jam, Torbat-e-Jam, Iran


Introduction:  Internet addiction has increased among young adults as public health problem which lead to mental and physical disturbances. The present study aimed to assess the relationship between internet addiction and loneliness with sleep quality in youth population.
Materials and Methods: In this descriptive-correlational study, 50 college students who educating in academic year of 2014-15 in Islamic Azad University, branch of Torbat-e-Jam were selected via convenience method. They fulfilled Internet Addiction Inventory (IAI), Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and the revised UCLA Loneliness Scale. Data analyzed through descriptive and conferential statistics.
Results: The findings showed that there was positive and direct correlation between internet addiction and poor sleep quality. The same correlation was seen between loneliness and sleep quality. Also, loneliness can predict sleep quality and it can explain 13% of changes in sleep quality.
Conclusion: Regarding to the findings, internet addiction and loneliness are associated to negative impact on quality of sleep among college students.


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