Relationship between Internet Addiction and School Achievement among Secondary School Pupils in Kirkuk City

Mishaal Mohammed Aswad (1) , Zahraa Ahmed Hassan (2)
(1) Kirkuk Health Directorate, Iraq. , Iraq
(2) Assistant Professor. Community medicine University of Kirkuk , College of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine Department. , Iraq


Background: Internet addiction is rising, especially among teens and young people who use it for learning, communication, and entertainment. Internet addiction can impair mental health, social isolation, and academic achievement. Secondary school students' frequent and extensive online use for leisure and education makes them prone to internet addiction. As educators and parents study how excessive internet use affects academic achievement, secondary school students' online addiction is being highlighted.

Objective: To Assess the proportion of internet addiction among Secondary School pupils in Kirkuk City. To Find out the relationship between internet addiction and sociodemographic characteristics of the pupils in Kirkuk city. To Determine the relationship between School Achievement and sociodemographic characteristics of the pupils in Kirkuk city.  To Determine the academic achievement level of secondary school pupils in Kirkuk city.

 Methodology: A descriptive study cross sectional study was used in this study from 5th of November 2023 to the 5th of June 2024. a multistage, probability sample was used for student at secondary school in Kirkuk. The study included (400) student. The study was carried out on the governmental secondary schools. They were (79) governmental secondary schools with (39969) total student of which (12607) were male and (27362) were female. data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics.

Results: The results showed 62.25% male, 36% 15–16 years old, and 37.75% female. The study sample's highest percentage is class fourth (22.25%). More than half of the study sample (54.25%) resides in urban and (45.75%) lives in rural, with 56.3%) fathers and 11.5% Intermediate School graduates and 43.8%) mothers and 10.5% College graduates. About 34.5% of the study sample's fathers and 25.3% of its moms worked. 69 percent were family. 30.5% of the study sample has two brothers and sisters and earns 501.000–1.000.000 Iraqi dinars each month. Students live with parents 71% of the time. Compare Internet addiction score to study group socio-demographics. Internet addiction scores vary little by region, although student residence, gender, and family monthly income do. Internet addiction score gives the study sample a strong significant value at 0.05 (father and mother education level). Internet addiction scores differed significantly between father and mother education levels at p. value 0.05 (father and mother occupation). Internet addiction scores and father and mother occupations differ significantly at p. value 0.05. Class 1 has poor performance percentages overall. Most underperformers are in Class 2. Performance distributions are almost balanced in Class 3 and 4. courses 5 and 6 fail and perform poorly more than others. Table shows that class education level affects school success performance, with class levels varied.

Conclusions: The study highlights high smartphone internet usage among students, with social networking being a significant portion, but lack of parental monitoring and socio-demographic factors contribute to this issue.

Keywords: Internet Addiction – School Achievement – Student – Adolescents

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