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Table 1 Comparison of Bangladeshi studies examining internet addiction prevalence (in alphabetical order)

From: Internet addiction among young Bangladeshi adults: critical commentary on Hassan et al. (2020)

Authors (year published) Study location Study population Sample size (age range) Assessment tool Scale response Total scale items Cutoff scores used Main findings
Afrin et al. (2017) [19] Chittagong High school students 279 (14–17 years) Internet Addiction Survey Yes/no 9 < 3 = normal internet user; 4 to 6 = moderate internet user; ≤ 7 = severe user 2.5% severely addicted to the internet, 64.9% moderately addicted to the internet
Hassan et al. (2020) [1] Chittagong, Dhaka, Sylhet Adults 454 (19–35 years) Internet Addiction Test 5-point Likert-type scale ranging from 1 (rarely) to 5 (always) 20* 20–49 points = average internet user; ≥ 50 points = internet addicted 27.1% prevalence of internet addiction
Islam and Hossin (2016) [10] Dhaka University students 573 (20–30 years) Internet Addiction Test 5-point Likert-type scale ranging from 1 (rarely) to 5 (always) 20 ≥ 50 = moderate, excessive, or problematic internet user 24% problematic internet users
Jahan et al. (2019) [20] Dhaka University medical students 390 (18–26 years) Internet Addiction Survey Yes/no 9 < 3 = normal internet user; 4 to 6 = moderate internet user; ≤ 7 = severe user 31.5% normal users, 49.2% moderately addicted users, and 19.3% severely internet addicted users
Karim and Nigar (2014) [15] Dhaka University students 177 (18–25 years) Bangla Internet Addiction Test 5-point Likert-type scale ranging from 1 (rarely) to 5 (always) 18 < 36 = minimal internet user; 36–62 = moderate internet user; > 62 = excessive internet user 63.95% minimal internet users, 34.3% moderate internet users, 1.7% excessive internet users
Khan (2012) [18] Dhaka High school students 797 (mean age = 16.5 years) Internet Addiction Test 5-point Likert-type scale ranging from 1 (rarely) to 5 (always) 20 Not reported 20.20% reported as having “internet addiction disorder”
Mamun and Griffiths (2019) [11] Dhaka University students 300 (mean age = 20.7 years) Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale 5-point Likert-type scale ranging from 1 (very rarely) to 5 (very often) 6 ≥ 18 = at risk of being addicted to Facebook 39.7% at risk of being addicted to Facebook
Mamun et al. (2019) [16] Dhaka University students 405 (mean age = 20.2 years) Internet Addiction Test 5-point Likert-type scale ranging from 1 (rarely) to 5 (always) 20 ≥ 50 = moderate to high or problematic internet user 32.6% problematic internet users
Mamun et al. (2019) [14] Rajshahi Graduated students 284 (mean age = 21.1 years) Internet Addiction Test 5-point Likert-type scale ranging from 1 (rarely) to 5 (always) 20 < 60 = non-excessive internet users; ≥ 60 = excessive internet users 0% internet addicts, but 3.9% classed as excessive users
Mostafa et al. (2019) [21] Chittagong Medical and university students 379 (18–30 years) Internet Addiction Test 5-point Likert-type scale ranging from 1 (rarely) to 5 (always) 20 < 20 = normal internet user; 20–49 = mild internet user; 50–79 = moderate internet user; 80–100 = severe internet user Majority of the participants were mild problematic users (54.88%). The prevalence of internet addiction was 1.06% (severe users)
Siddiqi et al. (2018) [12] Dhaka High school students 376 (13–19 years) Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale 5-point Likert-type scale ranging from 1 (rarely) to 5 (always) 6** ≥ 20 = at risk of being addicted to Facebook 49.8%, 41.0%, and 1.6% mild, moderate, and severe Facebook addicted and 7.6% non-problematic users
Uddin et al. (2016) [13] Dhaka University students 475 (18–25 years) Internet Addiction Test 5-point Likert-type scale ranging from 1 (rarely) to 5 (always) 20 ≤ 30 = normal internet user; 31–49 = mild internet user; 50–79 = moderate internet user; ≥ 80 = severe or excessive internet user 47.7% male and 44.5% female students severely addicted to the internet, 7.1% male and 33.9% female students moderately addicted to the internet, 20.7% male and 7.7% female students mildly addicted to the internet
  1. *Paper said the Bangla Internet Addiction Test was used, but based on the description, it appears the Internet Addiction Test was used
  2. **Paper claimed there were 18 items, but the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale only has six items