University Students Are Lagging In Studies For The Internet

Advanced digital technologies make the students inattentive to their studies.

University Students Are Lagging In Studies For The Internet

University Students Are Lagging In Studies For The Internet


Recent research on the students of the University of Milan and Swansea University shows a lack of motivation in engaging in studies. They now feel anxiety when tests arrive. The anxiety level increase as they feel lonely due to using digital technology. 


About two hundred and eighty-five students came to these universities to take part in health-related degree courses. All these students were subject to this research. The researchers focused on their study skills and motivation, the use of digital technology, anxiety, and Loneliness. The study shows that the relationship between study motivation and internet addiction is imbalanced. The Internet-addicted students were unable to organize their learning correctly, and thus they were anxious about the coming tests. They felt more lonesome for using the Internet, and it made their study harder.   

A Swansea University professor, Phil Reed said, "These results suggest that students with high levels of internet addiction may be particularly at risk from lower motivations to study, and, hence, lower actual academic performance."


The research shows how much time the students spend online. Among the 25% of the students performed internet activities for more than four hours. Rest of them spent one to three hours per day on an average. Among 40% of them use the Internet for social networking. A considerable number, like 30% use it for information seeking. 


A Milan University professor, Truzolisaid: "Internet addiction has been shown to impair a range of abilities such as impulse control, planning, and sensitivity to rewards. A lack of ability in these areas could well make study harder."


The study not only linked internet addiction and poor study motivation and ability but also found that internet addiction is equally responsible for creating Loneliness in them. The more lonely they felt, the more inattentive they become in their studies. 

It is essential for every student how he feels as it keeps the confidence level alive. Loneliness can damage the self-confidence of an individual. So, a student who feels lonely can not have a positive feeling in academic life. Internet addiction makes our social relationships fragile, and we do not engage with people practically. Virtually there are many friends in their lives, but they are lonely in reality. That's why internet addiction makes those students feel more lonesome. Researchers find that the impacts of internet addiction can have this adverse effect in such a social place like a university.  

Professor Reed added: "Before we continue down a route of increasing digitization of our academic environments, we have to pause to consider if this is actually going to bring about the results we want. This strategy might offer some opportunities, but it also contains risks that have not yet been fully assessed."