Is the Internet a Productive Media for Students: A Case Study of Indian Students
17 Pages Posted: 20 May 2011
Date Written: 2011
Students have different options for which the Internet can be used, and this paper attempts to study whether their Internet habits are for productive purposes or otherwise. The paper aims to find out average time spent by students on the Internet to find out the relevance of Internet in facilitating learning and to understand what factors other than learning motivate students to use the Internet. The paper is largely based on primary data. In order to analyze the data, statistical techniques of mean, dispersion, correlation, regression and chi-square test are put to use, in addition to the graphical techniques. The study finds that the average amount time spent on the Internet for each student is at least one hour in a day. Most of the students are found to use the Internet for preparing assignments, presentations, study, and for receiving news. Google is found to be the most popular search engine which is used by students for learning. The study also finds that there are some other factors for which the students use the internet. These factors are e-mail and chatting by using most popular social networking sites (e.g., Facebook and Orkut).
Keywords: Internet, chi-square test, social networking
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