The Internet is a relatively new channel for scholarlyresources, and contains vast quantities of information that vary a great dealregarding its contents, aim, target group, reliability etc. Hence, it isimportant that the end-user is aware of the diverse information available onthe Internet, and educated in the criteria by which the information contentshould be assessed (Chapman, 2002).
The fabulous growth in telecommunicationhas brought online services, specialized electronic networks, Webpage’s,E-mail, software and global information resources to our homes as well as toeducation.Moreover, internet use has become very popularin many areas as well as in education in recent years. Accordingly, Internetaccess in schools has increased greatly over the last 20 years (Berson, 2000).It is alsoprovides an environment in which millions of people participate andengage in the creation and exchange ofinformation (Rose , 1997).
Also, Tenopir et al. (2003) stated that studentshave only recently received the opportunity to use the Internet to seek andobtain scholarly material and consequently, knowledge on how effectively theymake use of this channel is limited. Students’ information seeking culminatesas they work on their theses. Many studies have been conducted regarding thetype of information the end-users seek and obtain on the Internet and in whichcircumstances they prefer electronic sources to paper sources. Moreover, accordingto Rose &Fernlund, (1997) the Internet provides an environment in whichmillions of people participate and engage in the creation and exchange ofinformation.
Locallystudy, most of our youth and students today are fond of going into internetshop to use computer, without knowledge of their parents what they are up to.They will ask money from their parents telling that they have something tosearch in the internet for their project or assignments, although others do so,but there are some who just make it as an alibi so that they can compete withtheir peers through playing games online like for example war craft, battlerealms, etc. (Khan, 2007).Astudy conducted in Malaysia by (Norzaidi et al. 2009) demonstrated that bothinternet usage and technology satisfaction have a positive influence uponmanagerial performance.Thus, it could be suggested that there is also apositive relationship between internet usage, technology satisfaction andstudents’ academic performance. However, there is no definite result due toother researchers who found no relationship between internet usage, technologysatisfaction and managerial performance (Lawrence and Low, 1993; Mawhinney andLederer, 1990; cited in Norzaidi and IntanSalwani, 2009).
According to thisstudy, the internetis a continual learning within a learning community.Based onthe problems presented above, the researchers decided to study the impact ofinternet usage on academic performance of tourism students, thus the followingsub problems are presented.