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Relationship Between Problematic Internet Use and Time Management Among Nursing Students

Öksüz, Emine PhD; Guvenc, Gulten PhD; Mumcu, Şule RN

CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: January 2018 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 55–61
doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000391

The Internet is an essential part of everyday life, particularly for the younger generation. The aims of this study were to evaluate nursing students' problematic Internet use and time management skills and to assess relationship between Internet use and time management. This descriptive study was conducted with 311 nursing students in Ankara, Turkey, from February to April 2016. The data were collected using the Problematic Internet Use Scale and Time Management Inventory. The Problematic Internet Use Scale and Time Management Inventory median scores were 59.58 ± 20.69 and 89.18 ± 11.28, respectively. There were statistically significant differences between both nursing students' Problematic Internet Use Scale and Time Management Inventory median scores and some variables (school grade, the time spent on the Internet). Fourth-year students were more prone to excessive use of the Internet and the resulting negative consequences than students from other year levels (P < .05). A significant negative relationship was also found between problematic Internet use and time management (P < .05). This study demonstrates that the Internet use of participants was not problematic and their time management skills were on a moderate level.

Author Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry (Dr Öksüz) and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Dr Guvenc), Gulhane School of Nursing (Ms Mumcu), University of Health Sciences, Ankara, Turkey.

This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

The approval of the Institutional Ethical Board and written official permission of the Nursing School were granted to conduct the research.

Corresponding author: Emine Öksüz, PhD, Gülhane Hemirelik Yüksek Okulu, Sağlik Bilimleri Üniversitesi, 06010 Etlik, Ankara, Turkey (

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