Youth-Culture or Student-Culture? The Internet Use Intensity Divide Among University Students and the Consequences for Academic Performance

Estudios sobre Educacion, Vol. 20, 2011

35 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2011  

Jonatan Castano-Munoz

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia)

Max Senges

Google Inc.

Date Written: June 2011

Abstract

The effects of Internet use on the academic performance of university students is usually analyzed from a deterministic perspective that gives this technology an immanently positive or negative role. In this paper we consider the problem from an alternative point of view. We analyze the actual Internet uses the students engage in and the differences in these according to the student's characteristics. We aim to explain when spending more time on the Internet has a positive and a negative effect on academic performance and explain why usually a high usage time of internet is correlated with a lower academic achievement.

Keywords: academic performance, higher education, internet, digital divide

Suggested Citation

Castano-Munoz, Jonatan and Senges, Max, Youth-Culture or Student-Culture? The Internet Use Intensity Divide Among University Students and the Consequences for Academic Performance (June 2011). Estudios sobre Educacion, Vol. 20, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1879127

Jonatan Castano-Munoz

Open University of Catalunya (UOC) (Open University of Catalonia) ( email )

Tibidabo Av. 39-43
08035 Barcelona, Barcelona 08035
Spain

Max Senges (Contact Author)

Google Inc. ( email )

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Second Floor
Mountain View, CA 94043
United States

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