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The Internet has simplified information services provided in this ICT era. One can easily acquire the required knowledge and information on a single click, thus, making information generation and dissemination timely. Regrettably, this may not be so for categories of individuals who seemed to have deviated from the original plan of the Internet for academics. Hence, this study was necessitated to investigate the influence of the use of the Internet on the reading culture of students of Government College, Umuahia. Three objectives guided the study. The research design adopted was a survey research design. The population of the study comprised of 278 students of the College studied. The sampling technique used was a complete census. A questionnaire was used as an instrument for data collection. Data collected were analyzed using frequency counts, simple percentages and mean scores. The findings showed that majority of the students make use of the Internet to study, prepare for examinations, write assignments, and chatting with friends, among others. Making the students active in class, distracting their reading, and exposing them to unimportant articles and write-ups were among the influences. The study recommended that Management of secondary schools should organize seminars aimed at teaching the students the right use of the Internet to improve their reading culture, among other things.