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Table 2 Multivariable analysis of factors related to Internet Addiction among Undergraduate University Students in Ethiopia, 2019 (n = 548)

From: Prevalence and associated factors of internet addiction among undergraduate university students in Ethiopia: a community university-based cross-sectional study

Variables Internet addiction COR (95% CI.) AOR (95% CI.) p Value
Yes; N (%) No; N (%)   
Internet use experience (in months)
0 to 6 months 120(91.6%) 11(8.4%) 1 1  
6 to 12 months 76(79.2%) 20(20.8%) 0.35(0.16, 0.77) 0.42(0.18, 0.96) 0.040*
12 or more months 270(84.1%) 51(15.9%) 0.49(0.24, 0.96) 0.48(0.24, 0.99) 0.046*
Internet use per day (in hours)
Less than 5 h 420(83.8%) 81(16.2%) 1 1  
Greater than or equal to 5 h 46(97.9%) 1(2.1%) 8.87(1.21, 65.25) 10.13(1.33, 77.00) 0.025*
Most common mode of Internet access
Wi-Fi 230(85.8%) 38(14.2%) 0.84(0.45, 1.54) 0.84(0.44, 1.60) 0.596
Broadband 14(87.5%) 2(12.5%) 0.97(0.20, 4.63) 0.84(0.16, 4.35) 0.834
Mobile internet 99(79.8%) 25(20.2%) 0.55 (0.28, 1.07) 0.40(0.20, 0.83) 0.014*
Data card 123(87.9%) 17(12.1%) 1 1  
Login status
Log in and off occasionally during the day 360(83.1%) 73(16.9%) 1 1  
Permanently online 106(92.2%) 9(7.8%) 2.39(1.16, 4.93)   
Getting into relationships online
Yes 318(87.1%) 47(12.9%) 1.60 (0.99, 2.58)   
No 148(80.9%) 35(19.1%) 1 1  
Playing mobile games
Yes 223(91.4%) 21(8.6%) 2.67(1.57, 4.52) 2.40(1.38, 4.18) 0.002*
No 243(79.9%) 61(20.1%) 1 1  
Downloading music or videos
Yes 314(87.2%) 46(12.8%) 1.62(1.00, 2.61)   
No 152(80.9%) 36(19.1%) 1 1  
Watching videos
Yes 281(88.6%) 36(11.4%) 1.94(1.21, 3.12)   
No 185(80.1%) 46(19.9%) 1 1  
For retrieving sexual information
Yes 112(89.6%) 13(10.4%) 1.68(0.90, 3.15)   
No 354(83.7%) 69(16.3%) 1 1  
Chat rooms
Yes 228(87.4%) 33(12.6%) 1.42(0.88, 2.29)   
No 238(82.9%) 49(17.1%) 1 1  
Current Khat chewer
Yes 100(96.2%) 4(3.8%) 5.33(1.90, 14.91) 3.34(1.14, 9.83) 0.028*
No 366(82.4%) 78(17.6%) 1 1  
Current cigarette smoker
Yes 61(98.4%) 1(1.6%) 12.20(1.67, 89.28)   
No 405(83.3%) 81(16.7%) 1 1  
Current alcohol Drunker
Yes 129(92.8%) 10(7.2%) 2.76 (1.38, 5.51) 2.32(1.09, 4.92) 0.029*
No 337(82.4%) 72(17.6%) 1 1  
Mental distress
Yes 101(95.3%) 5(4.7%) 4.26(1.68, 10.81) 2.69(1.02, 7.06) 0.045*
No 365(82.6%) 77(17.4%) 1 1  
  1. *; Refers to a p value < 0.05 in the multivariable analysis and declared as statistically significant
  2. 1; Refers to a reference