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It has always been acknowledged that members of the current generation, especially adolescents and young adults use the Internet for diverse purposes other than fact finding or information gathering. The popularity of social networking sites have significantly increased Internet usage through sharing of experiences, photos, events, and recent updates on the lives of friends, relatives, and acquaintances. From the study conducted by the Lebo, the Internet was found to be used for the following general purposes: fact finding activities, visiting social networking sites, playing games, watching videos, paying bills, and even purchasing products online (Lebo). Fact finding activities could already be classified as a general category for studying. In this regard, the current discourse contends that the Internet is actually a good medium for enhancing academic performance or in studying for the reasons that information are easily accessible; more people from all walks of life have immediate access to this technological medium; and studying through the Internet could be undertaken across time and geographic locations.
The Internet has been found to be used as a source of information (Lebo). As emphasized, “they can bring a whole world of information to the students” (Hughes and Fan 1). Across different academic levels, the Internet provides access to varied information which could even been translated in diverse languages, depending on the nationalities of the users. From the comprehensive study that disclosed activities in the Internet, it was revealed that “large percentages of Internet users go online at least weekly for basic information: 61 percent go online for fact-finding, and 43 percent for looking up the definition of a word” (Lebo 27). Rather than relying on the traditional dictionaries to looks into the meaning of words; or books to search on different topics as subject of the users’ research, the
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