Amanjeet Kaur, Ishak Mohammad


The Internet is a relatively new technology that has impacted the world and provided many benefits to its users. At the same time, the Internet has had negative ramifications. Some people are becoming preoccupied with the Internet, are unable to control their use of electronic devices, and are jeopardizing school, employment, and relationships. Students need the internet more than other people due to their educational or research needs. The rate and type of internet use may affect their information-seeking behavior too. The objective of the study was to identify the relationship between internet addiction and the information-seeking behavior of postgraduate students. In this study, a quantitative research approach and co-relational research design were used. A total of 120 post-graduation students were selected by consecutive sampling technique and data was collected by Young’s Internet Addiction Test and Information seeking behavior questionnaire. The collected data were analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics. A positive modest correlation was found between Internet Addiction and Information seeking behavior. This study showed that there was a positive modest correlation between internet addiction and the information-seeking behavior of the students. 


Assess, Internet addiction, Information seeking behaviour, Relationship, Internet

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