Susceptibility and perceptions of excessive internet use impact on health among Vietnamese youths

Ha Ngoc Do, Brenda Onyango, Roshni Prakash, Bach Xuan Tran, Quang Nhat Nguyen, Long Hoang Nguyen, Hoa Quynh Thi Nguyen, Anh Tuan Nguyen, Hiep Duy Nguyen, Thanh Phuong Bui, Thao Bich Thi Vu, Khiet Thanh Le, Dung Tuan Nguyen, Anh Kim Dang, Nam Ba Nguyen, Carl A. Latkin, Cyrus S.H. Ho, Roger C.M. Ho

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Studies performed worldwide show excessive Internet use could have a negative impact on health. However, Internet use studies in Vietnam are limited. In this study, we reported a high prevalence of frequent Internet usage among Vietnamese youth between 16 and 30 years old. Of 1200 participants, almost 65% reported using the Internet daily. Moreover, 34.3% of the participants reported feeling anxious or uncomfortable after not using the Internet for one day irrespective of their gender, and 40% believed using the Internet frequently did not affect their health. Of those, there was a higher proportion of women than men that held this belief (42.1% vs. 35.9%, respectively, p = .03). In this cohort, undergraduate students were more likely than blue-collar workers to believe that frequent Internet use could affect health. Yet, undergraduate [OR = 1.50, 95%CI = (1.08, 2.09), p < .05)] and high school students (OR = 1.54, 95%CI = 1.00, 2.37), p < .1) were more likely than blue collar workers to feel anxious or uncomfortable after a day without the Internet. Participants in urban areas were more than twice as likely than those from rural areas to believe the Internet did not affect their health [(OR = 0.60, 95%CI = (0.41,0.89), p < .01)]. Lastly, participants between 16 and 18 years old were less likely to believe in the negative impact of the Internet on health than older participants. A better understanding of factors underlying high Internet usage and low perception of its health effects among Vietnamese youth might help develop better intervention strategies for Internet Use Disorder and other Technology Related Use Disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105898
JournalAddictive Behaviors
StatePublished - Feb 2020


  • Internet addiction
  • Problematic Internet Use
  • Vietnamese youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Do, H. N., Onyango, B., Prakash, R., Tran, B. X., Nguyen, Q. N., Nguyen, L. H., Nguyen, H. Q. T., Nguyen, A. T., Nguyen, H. D., Bui, T. P., Vu, T. B. T., Le, K. T., Nguyen, D. T., Dang, A. K., Nguyen, N. B., Latkin, C. A., Ho, C. S. H., & Ho, R. C. M. (2020). Susceptibility and perceptions of excessive internet use impact on health among Vietnamese youths. Addictive Behaviors, 101, [105898].