n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Internet use and reading habits of higher institution students

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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Within the Nigerian context, it is worrisome to notice the way derogatory comments about the way students apply themselves to modern technologies. Many people have attributed students' nonchalant attitude to reading to the use of the Internet. The reason is that they do not seem to see any correlation between the Internet and reading. The purpose of this study is to examine the Internet use and reading habits of higher institution students in Ekiti State. The study was conducted using a descriptive survey research method. The population for the study consists of one state university, one private university and a federal polytechnic. The simple random sampling technique was used to select the sample that was used for the study. 266 higher institution first year students were randomly selected from the population. This cut across all disciplines ranging from arts to science to engineering and social sciences, inclusive of both sexes. The survey instrument was a questionnaire titled 'Internet use and reading habits of higher institution students in Ekiti state'. All data were analyzed using simple percentages. Finding revealed that a large percentage of the respondents generally enjoy reading and it could be safely said that the reading culture of the students is favourable since the advent of internet. It also reveals that large number respondents actually engage in activities that may not add value to their academic performance.

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