THE IMPACT OF INTERNET IN THE LIFE OF NIGERIAN’S YOUTH
This study as a matter of fact appreciate the splendid impact of internet in the life of Nigerians’ youths. The study examine the Impact of Internet in curbing the problem of Internet through its contribution in the youths life. Survey method of research was applied in the study. The study was very significant especially now that the whole world is now into internet and the whole world is embracing internet. And for the fact that Nigerian had suffered so much from the problem of internet together with the recent increase in cyber crime in the country.
Moreso, the result of the study reveal that impact of internet in the life of Nigerian’s youths cannot be over emphasized. Adequate internet attention has been accorded to the said problem. The study also went further to reveal that internet problem in the country is at increase. Much is expected from the government to speed up the positive impact of internet and stop the negative impact of internet in the country. The study offered useful solution on how to find lasting solution to the problem of internet.
In this age of information and communication technology (ICT) the use of internet has become the norm. Developing countries like Nigeria are not exempted from this trend. The caving for the internet stem from it’s central role in ICT with access to free online journal, magazines and other information resources anytime and from any where for academic and research purpose (Kode and Kode 2003).
Nigeria University and polytechnics, undergraduate are required to carry out research projects in their final year. Project writing is a major prerequisite for the award of degree in tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Every students considers project writing as important to his or her academic success and this involves students carrying out a study on a topic of interest. When a project is completed it is evaluated by the quality of the work submitted with stipulated time (Fatoki, 2004). It is used to indicate the students ability to select research and draw logical conclusion from endings. The quality of a project is to a large extent dependent on the quality, quantity and recency of the resources consulted and cited (Mbofung, 2003).
The use of the internet (if maximized_ play a major role in helping undergraduate researcher access to large number of materials from different parts of the globe. Internet is very useful in obtaining information for research and projects. Adeboji and Toyo (2006) in their study on the impact of internet, reported that internet contributed significantly to be case of project through down loading materials.
The use of internet is gradually becoming popular in Nigeria. Statistic shows that Nigeria with in estimated population of 138,283,240 people has 10,000 internet users representing 7.2 percent of population ((Interest World Status 2009).
1.11Background of the Study
Basically, the internet was in emergency military communication system operated by the department of defense advanced research project agency (ARPA).
The whole operation was referred to as AKPANET. The speed of internet has changed the way people receive the information. It contributes the immediately of broadcast with the in-depth coverage of newspaper making it perfect sources for news and weather information. Even with the much media excitement of the web, electronic mail (e-mail) is the most frequently used application of the internet.
Many people who have access to the internet at school, home and at work place use the internet for another purpose than to send and to receive the mail. It is just friends and co-workers that are receiving e-mail wherever you look, the web is providing e-mail address. This has made communication between the strangers easier than ever. Chatting is one of more popular activities on the internet. People can talk to anyone across the world. Introduction to social on line networking site has facilitated communication. These websites were users can create a profile. They are web-based services that allow individual to:
Construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, articulated a list of other users within whom they share connection with through social networking, people can use networking of online friends and group membership to keep in touch with currents friends, reconnect with old friends or create real life friendship through similar interest or groups, besides establishing important solid relationship social networking, members can share their interest.