Computer Dependency of Students: a Solution or a Problem?

What is a computer? Computer is technically defined as an electronic device use to process data, converting this data into information that is useful to people (Norton, 2000). It is the dumbest creation of man. What you see is what you get. They do not lie (Cain). The invention of this device did changes in the human life. In a relatively short time of its existence, the computer has spawned an industry that continues to grow rapidly. Today most of the students largely depend on this electronic device to complete their assignments at school.

Instead of having a visit to their school libraries, they would prefer to browse the internet. Computer dependency of students is one of the leading issues in our society today But the question is, can computers replace textbooks? Does computer existence means that textbooks are already useless? Several studies had been conducted to come up with the answer to the different questions about the issue of computer dependency of students to computers and internet replacing the role of the school libraries in giving the students the information that they need through textbooks, periodicals and other reading materials.

Some of the study concluded the significance of the mentioned device which contributes to the improvement of the overall performance of every student. However other study came up with a different conclusion and findings. This research is conducted to find out the positive and negative effects of brought by computer dependency to the students. It will contribute awareness based on the different ideas that will be given from the different sources not only to the students but also to the parents and teachers.

Computer dependency particularly here in the Philippines seems to be a never ending issue. It is still a matter of debate. Do computers really help out boost the student’s performance at school or does it bring distraction only? Norton, P. (2000). Introduction to computers. Singapore. Oak, M. Textbooks versus computer teaching. Shotton, M. (1989). Computer addiction: a study of computer dependency.