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EFFECTS OF INTERNET ON EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS, SOCIAL CAPITAL AND LIFE PATTERN OF YOUTH

Shahid Hussain

Abstract

This research study aimed at exploring the extent of internet usage among youth studying in various colleges and universities of twin cities of Rawalpindi/Islamabad and its ultimate effects on their educational achievements, life pattern and social capital. The study also tested the Time Displacement Hypothesis of Robert Putnam (1995), which postulates that heavy usage of media causes decline in the Social Capital and interpersonal communication of users with family, colleagues and friends and also decreases the social and physical activities of the users. The data has been collected from 500 students of Intermediate to PhD level studying in various colleges and universities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad through a survey with the help of a self-administered questionnaire. The results show that the study has not supported the Time Displacement Hypothesis of Robert Putnam (1995). The regression model has not showed any positive relationship between internet use and its negative effects on the educational achievements, life pattern and social capital of youth. However, the habit of exercise/games among youth has been found badly affected due to the exposure to internet.

Permanent link to this article: http://pje.aiou.edu.pk/effects-of-internet-on-educational-achievements-social-capital-and-life-pattern-of-youth/