INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON THE STUDENTS OF TERTIARY INSTITUTION

 Abstract

The study concerns with the influence of social media on the students of tertiary institution particularly among the students of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree were selected as respondents. There is no doubt about the fact that the world is in a global village as postulated by Professor Marshall McLuhan, the world is now compressed into a single electronic room where information from far and near can be exchanged with a click of mouse or touch of screen. However, social media is one of the internet tools that facilitate effective interaction and immediate feedback in communication. The study used survey method while questionnaire was used to elicit responses from the respondents. Also, the data collected were analysed using frequency and percentage tables method. Findings show that, although, many of the youth are now addicted to social media as 70 % of the respondents spent lots of time online. Also, most students often used Facebook and Whatsapp than any other social media. It is recommended that students should be conscious of their activities online while they should only accept friend request known to them.  

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