Usability and Accessibility of Internet by the University Students of Pakistan
In the modern age of technologies, the adoption of the Internet has brought drastic changes in the life of human beings. These changes may be sometimes positive and sometimes negative. However, such changes depend on the usability of the Internet based on the needs of the users. Keeping in view that the Internet has the potential for both positive and negative impacts on the lives of students; this study was undertaken in the context of students at Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST), Pakistan. To this end, this formulated three major objectives that were measured through different questions. The study adopted a quantitative approach and used a survey method. A questionnaire was used as a data collection tool. Data was collected from a randomly selected sample of students of BS and MS currently enrolled in different study programs of KUST. The collected data was analyzed through SPSS (ver23) and MS Excel. The results were presented both in tabulated and diagrammatic forms. Based on the results, it was found that students in the KUST are sufficiently able to use Internet. These students can use different electronic gadgets for the use of Internet to accomplish their academic and other educational needs. Likewise, the results showed that the major purpose of the use of Internet at the KUST was reported as entertainment and thus was established that these students rarely used Internet for their educational and research activities. Furthermore, the findings showed that students in the KUST used the Internet at their hostel but prefer to have adequate access to it in their IT department. Similarly, it was also found that the major tool used by these students for Internet usability is cell phone and have little or limited or no use of iPad and tablets for the use of the Internet. All these results were further validated a with one-way ANOVA test and independent sample t-test to affirm that any suggestion or recommendations or actions at any level may be considered in the light of the demographic characteristics of the study participants. This is with the purpose that all results based on these tests were found significant with respect to the demographic features.