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Sri Lankan youth and their exposure to computer literacy

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W. Indralal De Silva ,

University of Colombo, LK
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Pamoda Kodikara,

University of Colombo, LK
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Ruwani Somarathne

University of Colombo, LK
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Abstract

The general objective of this study is to elucidate the level of computer literacy and exposure to the internet among Sri Lankan youth aged 15-29 years based on their main economic activity. In order to achieve this objective a two-layered data collection approach was adopted as the overall methodology of the 2009 National Youth Survey. Quantitative data was collected from a randomly selected sample of 3000 households covering 22 districts out of a total of 25 districts. The conclusions reached from this study were that out of 2921 respondents 57% of youth were computer literate. Out of the 18-24 age group 65% could manage basic functions of the computer as opposed to the 25-29 year olds where only a 43% demonstrated knowledge in computer usage. This indicates that the older group had a lesser opportunity at gaining computer knowledge, which is a fairly recent development in Sri Lanka. It was also revealed that 33% of youth who have a basic knowledge in computer usage have their own computers while 33% have used the internet. In terms of usage and frequency out of the 57% youth who are computer literate 50% use their computers on a daily/weekly basis.

 

Sri Lanka Journal of Advanced Social Studies, 2013; Vol 3(1); Page 27-52

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljass.v3i1.7127
DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljass.v3i1.7127
How to Cite: De Silva, W.I., Kodikara, P. & Somarathne, R., (2014). Sri Lankan youth and their exposure to computer literacy. Sri Lanka Journal of Advanced Social Studies. 3(1), pp.27–52. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljass.v3i1.7127
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