How Computer Affects a Student's Reading Habit

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Chapter 1
The Problem
Background of the Study
People are very thankful for this digital age. It has contributed a lot in everyday activities. Specifically it gave a big leap to businesses, the government, and education. According to Albert Einstein, “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology exceeded our humanity.” Humans nowadays have learned to become dependent on the technology available today. A research by the Asian Institute stated that Filipino schoolchildren are computer literate as almost three-fourths (74%) have access to the Internet. In the same research it is stated; since the emergence of internet in our computers, media dominate activities of students and youth—from play to leisure, family relations to schooling, socialization to education. Because it has made students’ life easier, it had become so powerful that it could shape a person’s attitude, belief, values, and lifestyles. As to the country’s Internet population, an AC Nielsen 2002 survey described it as “urban, young and sophisticated.” Almost half of the total of internet users were the youngest group, aged 12 to 19. Because of this growing issue, there is an emergence of surveys and researches conducted specifically in the first world countries like The United States of America (USA).

Since computer and internet has been part of a student’s major source for assignments, researches and the like that has changed a student’s habit of reading and the deeper understanding of reading. According to izyanraihanah of, Reading is an aspect associated with literacy. However, the reading process is not simple in its nature. It does not merely involve recognizing a single character and pronouncing it correctly or to recognize and pronounce a few characters that are arranged in a particular manner, but more importantly it is the ability to understand the meaning of these arrangements. According to Bullock (1975), reading is more than a reconstruction of the...
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