ANALYSING SOCIAL MEDIA AS TOOL FOR SOCIAL RELATIONS AMONG STUDENTS

AbstractThe research analysing social media as tool for social relations among Osun State Polytechnic Students Iree. The research was anchored on Technological Determinism Theory, and Social Category Theory. The study used survey method while questionnaire was used to elicit responses from the 150 respondents who are students of Osun State Polytechnic Iree that were selected using probability sampling (simple random sampling technique). The data collected were analysed using frequency and percentage method. Findings revealed that, almost all students are using one type of social media and they spend great time on Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram. Respondents’ busiest activities on social media are getting information, sharing opinions and chatting with friends and family. The students admitted that with social networking, face to face interactions are diminishing because they now prefer chatting and calling instead of meeting and talking physically. It is recommended that  students should spend their time wisely while they should try visiting and relating with friends and family offline.

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