Gender Variability in Internet Use of the College Students

Loan, Fayaz Ahmad Gender Variability in Internet Use of the College Students. Journal of Society in Kashmir, 2011, vol. 1, pp. 156-164. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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The Internet has been a field of study for researchers since its inception. The academic community especially students use the Internet to satisfy their diverse needs. The present study aims to identify the gender variability in the Internet use of college students. The stratified sampling technique was employed to select students and data was collected via a questionnaire. The study confirms the existence of gender differences in the Internet use of the college students. However, the differences are slight for most uses. In comparison, more male students are frequent users of Internet than females. Female students use the Internet more than males for information and education whereas male students use the Internet more than females for communication and entertainment. Neither male nor female students record high use the Internet sources like online libraries, databases, e-books, e-journals, wikis, and blogs. The study also finds that both male and female students face problems like information overload and information pollution while searching the Internet, though with slight variations. Finally, the problem of Internet illiteracy is found to be more common in female students than in their male counterparts.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Internet use, Internet search, Internet sources, College students, Gender differences
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information
Depositing user: Dr Fayaz Loan
Date deposited: 23 Jan 2014 07:43
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:30


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