Internet today is widely recognized not only as a means of communication but also as a powerful tool. It is seen as the most influential and the most important technology in this sense (Lievrouw 2001: 22-23, Dickson 2000). Internet usage among university students involves not only the use of leisure time, but also their community involvement and social networking. Student communities are now facing major social issues like isolation, thus pulling down their cultural values by accessing the virtual sites as well as the pornography sites. This study explores not only the impact of the frequent use of internet for non-academic purpose by the students of state universities in Tamil Nadu, India but also its effect on the psychological aspects such as mental depression, isolation from the society and addiction. The data is collected through questionnaire and analyzed using SPSS.
Arumugam Balasubramanian, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India
Stream: Media Studies
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