International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Impact of the Internet on Relationships: Perception of Male and Female Students of Pakistan
Zarqa S. Ali

Abstract
Thisstudy finds out the perception of male and female students regarding the role of the Internet in changing their relationships with the opposite sex, family members and anonymous people.When it was a matter of collective perception, students agreedthat the Internet played a role in changing relationships with the opposite sex, family membersand anonymous people; however, they offered no opinion about the role of the Internet in increasing romantic relationships. Pakistan is a conservative society, which may compelstudents to keep their opinion reserved regarding romantic relationships.The results of the study revealed that the Internet has brought family memberscloser to each other, enhancing the unity among them and strengthening the family tieswhich have increased the sense of responsibility among youth.The perception of males and femaleswas not significantly different. However, the perception of users and non-users of the Internetwas different. The non-users disagreed that the Internet had a role in changing relationships, while users indicated their agreement on its role in bringing change to youngsters’ relationships.

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