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Impacts of Internet Usage on Students

Impacts of Internet Usage on Students

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Impacts of Internet Usage on Students’ Academic Performance (CGPA)
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Impacts of Internet Usage onStudents’ Academic Performance(CGPA)
Awais, Bilal, M Usman, M Waqas, Sehrish
 LUMS, LSE, NCA, PU, UET 
Abstract:
 
Purpose
– The purpose of this research is to explore the impact of internetusage on student’s academic performance so that universities will take effectivemeasures and invest in IT and encouraged students to use internet.
Design/methodology/approach
– Exploratory studies method is adopted for the entire research. Our research project is concerned with Field Study. Datawere collected from six universities students from which five are top rankedspecified university and one is general university with a questionnairemethodology. Correlation and regression techniques were used to find out thestrength and direction of the relationship.
Findings
– Internet is one of the beneficial tools in this era of IT world not onlyfor business but for academic point of view and enhances the skills andcapabilities of students which assist them in studies and in professional life.Student with high CGPA use more internet for their studies and gain more knowledge and informationacross the world.
Research limitations/implications
– The self-reportcriteria are a limitation. Future research shouldemploy more objective measures of internet use.Also, antecedents of internet use might be exploredin other developing economies. We have chosenlimited universities and disciplines from a single cityLahore.
Practical implications
– To encourage internet usageintentions, it appears worthwhile to create in potentialusers a sense that the technology is useful, easy touse, and that others have expectations regarding itsusage.
 
 Keywords
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Information Technology (IT), Internet,Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
Type of paper:
 
Research paper 
About Authors
All authors are students of Masters in BusinessAdministration (MBA) at GIFTUniversity Gujranwala,Pakistan.
Awais:
(Awais.ghafoor@yahoo.com)Mr. Awais is specialist instatistics and accounting.
Bilal:
(bilal1985@hotmail.com)Mr. Bilal is interested indiscoursing new things.
Mr Waqas:
(waqas_ashraf786@yahoo.com)Mr. Waqas has special interestin statistics and web browsing.
H. M. Usman:
muy3112@gmail.comH. M. Usman is
enthusiastic
tobrings about new knowledgeand learns new skills
Sehrish:
(sehrish_2001@yahoo.com)Ms. Sehrish is found of researchwork.
 
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Introduction
Throughout the world, Marketer and Consumer Buying Behavior (CBB) arechanging the face of education. It has been argued that the, if a marketer canidentify CBB, he or she will be in better position to target products and servicesat them. Just as computers are about to replace books (some would argue thishas already happened) as our main source of information globally, computerswill come to occupy the central position in education once occupied by books.The Internet was initially developed by the US Defense Department and was atone time only popular within the research community. Its ability to shareinformation across organizations and to interact with people at low cost hasgradually enticed other sectors to explore its use. Today, the Internet has animpact on every facet of our life including business operation, education,communication, entertainment, social activity, shopping, and so on. Manyuniversities around the world are expanding their investment in informationtechnology (IT), and specifically the Internet, and are actively promotingInternet use. From a student’s perspective, learning using online tools ismultidimensional. It may entail a multitude of variables such as prior studentknowledge of IT, experience in its usage, perceptions of IT usage, computer competencies, and background demographics.The Internet is one of the greatest recent advancement in the world of information technology and has become a useful instrument that has fosteredthe process of making the world a global village. The Internet provides severalopportunities for the academia. It is a mechanism for information disseminationand a medium for collaborative interaction between individuals and their computers without regard for geographic limitation of space. The word Internetis derived from two words: “international” and “network”. The Internettherefore can be defined as an international computer network of informationavailable to the public through modem links so internet is a worldwide systemof linked computers networks. The Internet is the world’s largest and mostwidely used network. It is an international network of networks that is acollection of hundreds of thousands of private and public networks all over theworld. There are rich and varied learning experiences available on the Internetthat would have been inconceivable just a short while ago.The Internet has a range of capabilities that organizations are using to exchangeinformation internally or to communicate externally with other organizations.The primary infrastructure for e-commerce, e-banking, e-business, e-learningand virtual library is provided by the Internet technology. The Internet providesseveral opportunities for all academia, business organizations, the employedand the unemployed, the young and the old. The Internet is a ‘live’ constantly‘moving’, theoretically borderless, potentially infinite space for the productionand circulation of information. The Internet might thus be described as a ‘sea of information’, containing texts which are not housed between library and bookshop walls and subject areas span across all fields of knowledge. TheInternet can be used for other things besides email.One can listen to international radio station on research and education on theInternet, read national dailies of other countries, speak to friends around theglobal, read books and other materials on the Internet. The list of things that can be done on the Internet is a very long one. The Internet contains more
 
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information than the world’s largest libraries with access to the Internet one canretrieve information from the world’s largest information database.
Objectives of study
A study of different disciplines was conducted to identify the intensity of internet usage by student who belongs to different disciples. The purpose of our studies is to evaluate weather is their any relationship between the usage of internet and students academics performance. To better understand therelationship how the Internet affects university students learning, the followingquestions should be answered. What are the benefits of using the Internet as part of a university education? What are the main factors affecting such use?What is the impact of such use on student learning? What does it take toencourage positive attitudes in students toward Internet use? This study tries toanswer these questions by exploring the antecedents to, and the impacts of,Internet use in university education.The specific objectives were to:
Identify attitude of students toward IT.
Determine the purpose of internet usage for students.
Find out the intensity of internet usage by students.
Evaluate that whether the use of internet improve the academic performance of students or not.
Significance of study
This study could be beneficial for student as well as for institutions. Thevaluable feedback from 500 students should help student to realize the benefitsof internet in their education. Institutes can invest more in internet facilities toenhance the performance of their students and produce better results. Based onPakistan’s experience, international readers may take advantage from this studywork.
Literature review
Advancement in technology brings major impacts on education (Underwood2003).Many universities
around the world are expanding their investment ininformation technology (IT), and specifically the Internet, and are actively promoting Internet use in university education (Al-Nuaimy, Zhang & Noble,2001; Bargeron, Grudin, Gupta &Sanocki, 2002; Chandler, 2002; Chen & Paul,2003; Dringus, 1999; Huang et al, 2004;Kinshuk, 2002; Owston, 2000; Pahl,2003; Richardson, 2003; Rovai, 2001). Instructors are being requested to maketheir teaching materials and other supporting resources accessible through theInternet (Alavi, 1994; Barker, 2002; Coppola, Hiltz & Rotter, 2002; Lee, 2001;Topper, 2002).Students are encouraged to communicate with instructors, or 

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