Impacts of Watching Television and Computer Using on Student' Reading Habits

Aksaclioglu A. G., YILMAZ B.

TURKISH LIBRARIANSHIP, vol.21, no.1, pp.3-28, 2007 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.3-28
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Reading habits contribute both to the cognitive and social developments of individuals in so many aspects. This function of the reading habit continues in the rapid social changing process of today's world. However, children's habits of television watching and computer using have been recently seen to affect their reading habits. Therefore, defining the positive or negative impacts of television and computers on children and finding solutions carries significant importance. The aim of this study is to determine the influences of the television watching and computer using on children's reading habits. In order to find out the influences, a survey was performed on all 5thgrade students at Bilkent Private Primary School and Cankaya Public Primary School located within Ankara Buyuks,ehir Municipality borders. The questionaire was applied to 222 students in these two schools. As a result of the study, it is clear that students prefer to play on computers and watch television in their leisure time to reading books. There is an inverse proportion apparent between the time spent using computers and watching television and the time spent on reading.