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Title: Internet use behaviour of cybercafé users in Morogoro Municipality, Tanzania
Authors: Sife, Alfred S.
Keywords: Cybercafés;Search behaviour;Internet use;Tanzania
Issue Date: Mar-2013
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Data on internet use behavior was obtained from 137 users in 10 cybercafés through questionnaires and the data thus obtained was analyzed using SPSS. The findings indicate that most cybercafé users in the study were young, male, better educated and mostly students. Many cybercafé users were computer literate but most had limited web using skills. The Internet was primarily used for searching academic information, communication as well as obtaining news and current affairs. There were weak correlations between demographic characteristics of respondents and the purposes of using the Internet. While many cybercafé users preferred search engines particularly Google and Yahoo, only a few were using web subject directories. The use of tools such as search engines, browsers, and social media in the study area correspond to many other world ratings. No adverse Internet addictive behaviours were exhibited by cybercafé users in the study area. Problems encountered in using the Internet are similar to those cited frequently in Africa. Increasing bandwidth and availability of electricity would improve connectivity and reduce Internet costs. It is also recommended that computer training programmes should include information literacy and ICT use for purposes such as e-business. Possible future research is also suggested.
Page(s): 41-50
ISSN: 0975-2404 (Online); 0972-5423 (Print)
Appears in Collections:ALIS Vol.60(1) [March 2013]

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