Medical student Internet usage: is the literature correct to call it addiction? An opinion piece

Ken Masters, Anne Herrmann-Werner

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Abstract

Over the past few years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of academic articles examining "Internet addiction" among medical students. This opinion piece views the Internet as a communication environment and a medical information tool within medical education. Within this context, the paper investigates the Internet Addiction Test (IAT) and criteria used in those articles, and questions their assumptions and conclusions. It then argues that what is often viewed as "addiction" may actually be dedication to work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)Doc58
JournalGMS Journal for Medical Education
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • communication
  • internet addiction
  • medical students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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