Internet Use among University Students in South West Bank: Prevalence, Advantages and Disadvantages, and Association with Psychological Health


University students are frequently using the Internet for educational purposes and for other purposes. Recently, there is a debate on advantages and disadvantages of Internet use and its effects on the students’ psychological health. This study examines the prevalence of Internet use, its advantages and disadvantages, and its relationship with the psychological health of university students in the southern part of the West Bank. Mixed methods employing sequential exploratory design were used. Three focused groups were included to inform the development of the cross-sectional survey. Then, a convenience sample of 144 students from three universities in the south West Bank completed the survey. The results revealed that 96 % of university students reported using the Internet. Different advantages and disadvantages of using the Internet among students were emphasized. A high rate of Internet use was associated with students’ poor psychological health. Internet use has negative and positive educational, social and psychological consequences for students. However, advantages of Internet use were shown to be more than its disadvantages.

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The researchers would like to thank all universities that participated in the study as well as the students who agreed to take part in this study.

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All procedures were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. Informed consent was obtained from all students for being included in the study.

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Abeer Dadoul, Hussein Jabareen and Zainab Sulieman were employed by Hebron University.

Ahmad Rayan, Abdulkarim Alzayyat and Omar Baker declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Rayan, A., Dadoul, A.M., Jabareen, H. et al. Internet Use among University Students in South West Bank: Prevalence, Advantages and Disadvantages, and Association with Psychological Health. Int J Ment Health Addiction 15, 118–129 (2017).

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  • Internet
  • Psychological health
  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • University students
  • West Bank