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IMPACT OF INTERNET ON READING HABITS OF THE NET GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS

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Author(s): Fayaz Ahmad Loan

Journal: International Journal of Digital Library Services
ISSN 2250-1142

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 43;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Reading Habits | Reading Culture | Internet Reading | Web Reading | Online Reading | Electronic Reading | Digital Reading

ABSTRACT
Reading in the 21st century networked society is no longer confined to print reading. The printed publications were the main medium for traditional reading culture. The Internet has come to forefront that changes the traditional reading habits of the readers. People nowadays tend to rely more on electronic-based resources (such as e-books, e-papers, e-zines, e-journals, e-mails, e-videos, e-games, e-images, e-maps, e-cards, etc.) than paper based resources (such as books, newspapers, magazines, journals, letters, snail mails, cards and postcards, pictures, etc.). These electronic sources have, fully or partially, entered in reading habits of the netizens. The youth especially students, who have opened their eyes in full bloom of electronic revolution, adopt these sources most of all. This close association of students and Internet is supposed to greatly influence their reading culture. Therefore, the study has been conducted with the purpose to identify the impact of Internet on reading habits of the Net generation students. The student population belongs to the colleges of the Kashmir Valley, Jammu & Kashmir (India). The survey method was used to conduct the study and questionnaire was used as a data collection tool. The stratified random sampling technique was employed to choose the students. The results of study reveal that Internet has increased access to information, use of foreign sources, contacts with worldwide readers and time spent on reading, and have decreased dependence on print sources, contacts with print sources, reading in local languages and reading of books. Hence, the conclusion can be drawn that Internet is a mixed blessing for traditional reading culture.
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