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Considerable controversy surrounds the effects technologies such as the Internet have on human capital accumulation. As with most media, the Internet and related services are capable of delivering enriched learning experiences. However, there are large potential costs to using the Internet and its concomitant services, which may result in degradation of high school students' scholastic performance. In this study, we explore two related questions. First, does Internet usage harm the grades of high school students? Second, to what degree does the intensity of Internet usage affect grades? We utilize data from the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which measures educational outcomes, internet use and a host of other correlates. Probit results indicate that excessive Internet use lowers the probability of earning top grades while more moderate use has a positive impact on the probability. Ads by Google
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Name: Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research Publisher: The DreamCatchers Group, LLC Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Business, general Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 The DreamCatchers Group, LLC ISSN: 1533-3604 Issue:
Date: Jan, 2011 Source Volume: 12 Source Issue: 1
Computer Subject: Internet; Technology application
Product Code: E197400 Students, Senior High
Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States Accession Number:
Several reasons might lead technology to assist or impair human capital attainment by students. Youths may employ the Internet in educational matters such as writing papers, searches for answers to questions and communicating with classmates on homework. However, time spent in activities where "surfing the net" occurs could substitute away from time allocated to reading, studying and completing homework. This may hurt academic performance in the short term, which might also diminish the ability or incentive to continue schooling over the longer term.
Within the past decade, the Internet and WWW use have increased substantially--for example, according to Pew Internet & American Life Project Surveys, the percentage of U. S. online users has increased from 40-45% in March 2000 to nearly 80% in April 2009 (Pew Internet & American Life Project Surveys, 2009). Recent expansion of adolescent use of the Internet is the result of an ongoing shift in adolescents' daily behavior patterns. The majority of adolescents from a sample in one study compared their online behaviors to the phenomenon of placing telephone calls, which are typically mundane, the purposes for which are both social and nonsocial (Gross, 2004). Hence, adolescents' Internet...