Influence Of Social Media On Academic Performance Of Secondary School Students

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The study concerned with the effect of Social Media on Academic Performance of Secondary School Students” with a specific focus on Ilobu Commercial Grammar School and Ima High School, Ilobu. There is no doubt about the fact that the world is completely in a global village as postulated by Professor Marshall McLuhan, according to him the world is now compressed into a single electronic room where information from far and near can be exchanged with a click of a mouse.

The research is anchored on technological determinism theory and diffusion of innovation theory. A survey method was adopted with the use of a questionnaire to elicit data from the respondents. The respondents were drawn using multi-stage sampling technique. The data collected were analysed and interpreted using descriptive statistics (frequency and percentage). Findings show that social media enable people all over the world to engage in communication not only to share ideas and feelings but also to share it in interpersonal way irrespective of the location and time. They use social media to get in touch with some of their friends, including old friends to discover and establish new friendships.

Despite the benefit, the majority of the social media lose their privacy and disclose the security and sensitive information to strangers online while many are now social media addicted, today many spend more than ten hours chatting and interacting with friends. It is recommended that social media users must ensure they understand why they are joining the social media site in the first place so that they would not be overcome by any negative impacts but rather they can use these sites for maximum benefit.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does social media use affect academic performance of students?

Other findings of the study reveal significant influence of Social Media usage on academic performances of students in secondary schools; there is no significant gender difference in social media usage among students in the area of study; and that social media usage showed no significant influence on the age of adolescents.

Is social media affecting academics in secondary schools in Lagos State?

Secondary school students particularly in Lagos State are becoming very busy with their handset and laptops. Social media gives most students access to the Internet and this has resulted or affected the students’ academics.

What is the significance of the study on social media in education?

The study will be significant to students, teachers, parents, educational psychologist’s and policy makers on the current trends in social media world, in the following ways: The study will help the students to know that social media can help them improve their learning ability and school work performance if used judiciously.

How can we promote students’ use of social media in school?

Counseling programmes should be put in place for both male and female students in the use of social media. There is also need to design appropriate behavioral change instructional materials to educate students of different age group about social media usage in academic learning.

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