The on the Internet, and educated in the

The Internet is a relatively new channel for scholarly
resources, and contains vast quantities of information that vary a great deal
regarding its contents, aim, target group, reliability etc. Hence, it is
important that the end-user is aware of the diverse information available on
the Internet, and educated in the criteria by which the information content
should be assessed (Chapman, 2002). The fabulous growth in telecommunication
has brought online services, specialized electronic networks, Webpage’s,
E-mail, software and global information resources to our homes as well as to
education.Moreover, internet use has become very popular
in many areas as well as in education in recent years. Accordingly, Internet
access in schools has increased greatly over the last 20 years (Berson, 2000).
It is alsoprovides an environment in which millions of people participate and
engage in the creation and exchange ofinformation (Rose , 1997).Also, Tenopir et al. (2003) stated that students
have only recently received the opportunity to use the Internet to seek and
obtain scholarly material and consequently, knowledge on how effectively they
make use of this channel is limited. Students’ information seeking culminates
as they work on their theses. Many studies have been conducted regarding the
type of information the end-users seek and obtain on the Internet and in which
circumstances they prefer electronic sources to paper sources. Moreover, according
to Rose &Fernlund, (1997) the Internet provides an environment in which
millions of people participate and engage in the creation and exchange of
information.  Locally
study, most of our youth and students today are fond of going into internet
shop 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 to
search 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 with
their peers through playing games online like for example war craft, battle
realms, etc. (Khan, 2007).A
study conducted in Malaysia by (Norzaidi et al. 2009) demonstrated that both
internet usage and technology satisfaction have a positive influence upon
managerial performance.Thus, it could be suggested that there is also a
positive relationship between internet usage, technology satisfaction and
students’ academic performance. However, there is no definite result due to
other researchers who found no relationship between internet usage, technology
satisfaction and managerial performance (Lawrence and Low, 1993; Mawhinney and
Lederer, 1990; cited in Norzaidi and IntanSalwani, 2009).According to this
study, the internetis a continual learning within a learning community.

Based on
the problems presented above, the researchers decided to study the impact of
internet usage on academic performance of tourism students, thus the following
sub problems are presented. 

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