Influence Of Social Networking On Academic Adjustment Of In-School Adolescents

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Influence Of Social Networking On Academic Adjustment Of In-School Adolescents


Abstract


This ex-post facto research study determined the influence of social networking on academic adjustment of in- school adolescents in Enugu Education Zone of Enugu State.Four research questions and four null hypotheses guided the study. A total of 32396 students in all the public secondary schools in Enugu Education zone were used as population size. Out of this, sample size of 607 was randomly selected using multi-stage sampling technique. Social Networking and Academic Adjustment of Adolescents Questionnaire (SNAAAQ) was used as an instrument for data collection. The instrument was face validated by three experts. It was trial tested using 30 students and its internal consistency was ascertained using Cronbach Alpha co-efficient statistical method. The result gave overall Alpha- co-efficient value of 0.91. The data collected was analyzed using mean and standard deviation to answer the research questions while t-test was used to test the postulated null hypotheses. The major findings revealed that in-school adolescents are exposed to various categories of social networks such as facebook, twitter, eskimi myspace, 2go, blogs, email, whatsapp and youtube. It was revealed that poor study habits, identity theft, sexual solicitation are dangers associated with the use of social networking. It was found that social networking influences male and female, urban and rural in-school adolescents’ academic adjustment. It was found that there is no significant difference between the mean ratings of male and female in-school adolescents on the various categories of social networks adolescents are exposed to and the dangers associated the use of social networking. It indicated that there is no significant difference between the mean ratings of in-school adolescents from urban and rural, male and female areas on the influence of social networking academic adjustment. Based on these findings, some counselling implications were highlighted and recommendations made.


Chapter One


Introduction

1.1 Background of the Study

Electronic communication has become an integral part of our global society. Presently, information is at the doormat of everybody because the world is in the era of information technology. This cannot be compared to few decades back when it takes weeks for one to communicate through letter writing to a beloved one within in or outside the country. In this technological era, information is no longer left for only a few privileged people who can afford the use of land line telephone in offices and homes. Even the people in the remotest village in Nigeria and elsewhere can access information through the cell phone, available internet and social networking sites.

Social networking is a means of communication through which tools like wall posts, status updates, activity feeds, thumbs ups and profiles are used and perhaps characterized online communications namely face book, Myspace Metlog, flicker and twitter (Akaneme, Ibenegbu & Nwosu, 2013). Also, Mashable (2015) opined that social networking service is an online platform or site that focuses on facilitating the social relations among people who, for example, share interests, activities, backgrounds or real life.

In the opinion of Ferguson (2007), social networking is online destination which focuses on connecting people they already know and those they do not know. Similarly, Abd-Rahman (2013) described social networking as the use of online sites (social networking sites) for people to get to know new people, share their profiles, trace their old friends, share pictures, videos, publish upcoming events of their societies, and counties.

In operational terms, social networking is a platform through which individuals’ interest, profiles, pictures, activities, events or news and academic issues are shared and communicated so as to maintain and adopt substantial balance between their academic requirement and individual interest. Social networking as advent of era of information is the use of dedicated websites which enable social interaction and applications to interact with other users or find people with similar interest to their own.

Presently, social networking as a new development has been described as a stage for facilitation and development of adolescents’ social adaptation (Subrahmanyam & Green-Field, 2008; Zhao, Grasmuck & Martin, 2008). Also, people use social networking to share their feeling and disposition to individuals of their networking (Young, 2011). It is a platform through which people communicate and disclose their personal thoughts, feelings and life events (Zhao, Grasmuck & Martin, 2008). Operationally, social networking, therefore, imply platform or online media where individual privately unleash their identities, problems and views to life for others in the same network to comment. Social network platform includes 2go, facebook, whatsapp, twitter, instagram, google, to mention a few.

The outbreak of social networking has both negative and positive implications. In recent times, students are becoming addictive in their social networking communicative skills (Abd-Rahman, 2013). No wonder, Ojo and Omoyemiju (2008) found out that students spend larger percentage of their time on social networking sites like e-mail, facebook and 2go while they spend less time on the internet for academic proposes. Boyd (2009) maintained that social networking has impacted negatively on the adolescents and this has caused anxiety on families and friends. The involvement of students in social networking has deprived them the opportunity to read their books and other necessary things (Kuss & Griffiths, 2011). Invariably, Idakwo (2011) lamented that school work and social interaction have been affected at the advent of these social media. In essence, students have lost control due to their unrestricted commitment and engagement in social networking, making them vulnerable to academic problems such as poor result, poor study habits, truancy, examination malpractice, disrespecting school rules and regulation and other inappropriate behaviours.

Furthermore, excessive mental preoccupation with social networking, repetitive thoughts about limiting or controlling the use, failure to prevent the desire for access, craving for using the internet when access is not available are the remarkable problems with social networking addiction (Adedeji, 2011). In the same vein, Itodo (2011) decried that there seem to be an alarming role of social networking obsession among adolescents today; a trend that could affect their academic, social and spiritual lives negatively if not properly controlled. The pathetic position social networking is taking towards falling standard of Nigerian educational system has become dangerous because it is left unchecked (Bello, 2012).

It is through social networking that students chat and share issues pertaining sex, communicate embarrassingly or hostile information about others, engage in interaction that would arouse their desire to indulge in smoking, witch hunting each others and exposing them to raping strategies (Collins, Martino & Shaw, 2011; Ogbevoen, 2012; Yharra, Espelage, & Mitchell, 2007). Due to addiction to social networking, the individuals suffer complications and disturbances which affect them negatively in their academics. It therefore implies that adolescents have made social networking part and parcel of their lives and as such, cannot imagine life without that. This has made many students feel passive during family gatherings and school activities. In the class where students’ attention is highly needed in order to adjust and make maximum use of the time, some students appear not to be paying attention to anything and to anybody even in the thick traffic roads, simply because of earphones.

Notwithstanding, researches have shown that social networking has positive implications. For instance, Mason (2006) claimed that social networking sites have enough capacity for a good official education matching the social context of learning and promoting critical thinking in learners. It also has the capacity to change educational system radically, motivating students for better learning rather than being passive attendees of a classroom (Ziegler, 2007). Social networking is very interesting because of its innovation and solutions to long lasting human problems. Ekponimo (2013) opined that social networking can help to solve the problem of hunger and reduction of waste in the country. This is because social networking adds value to the economy of the nation. Supporting the contribution of social media and internet to national economy, Juwah (2014) stated that the telecoms sector contributed over 8.53 percent increase to Nigeria Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the year 2013. The importance of social networking sites cannot be glossed over especially Nigerians because it explores their communicative skills and exposes them with current trends in society. Social networking can speed up communication and make conversation more interesting and acceptable to people. Digitalization and globalization have offered students the opportunity of communicating with their peers at the other side of the globe and to model whoever that captivates interest whether the model is good or bad. Consequently, students seem to be finding it difficult to adjust and face their academic demands and the desire to access social networking sites.

Adjustment is the attitudinal process through which man and animal maintain equilibrium over their desires between their needs and the challenges of life (Romald, 2000). Adjustment is also regarded as peaceful co-existence between a living organism and its environment (Jose, 2010). In the same vein, adjustment is a process that refers to the patterns and means through which living organisms set balance between itself and the surroundings without reference to the consequential effects in terms of success or failure (Paramanik, Saha & Mondal, 2014). In this study, adjustment means an individual modification of behaviour in order to interact well with the environment. Invariably, the students’ ability to harmonize school variables (school attendance, class work, school rules and regulations) with the student’s psychological and physiological demands shows that the person has adjusted academically. Academic adjustment spans through school adjustment. Academic adjustment is interpreted to be students’ educational outcome (Birch & Ladd, 1996). Newman (2000) opined that academic adjustment is the process of adapting to the role of being a student and to various aspects of the school environment. Contextually, academic adjustment is the process of setting a balance between students’ psychological and physiological demands and academic requirements. Academic adjustment is the modification of both internal and external demands which gives adolescents facilitation to participate actively in the classes activities in the school.

Academic adjustment is a veritable predictor of psychosocial adaptation because new experiences are learned in school (Phinney, Horenczyk, Leabkind & Vedder, 2001). Also, Gurubasappa (2009) posited that a significant positive high correlation exists between academic achievement and adjustment.

Adolescence is referred to as important stage of intellectual, psychological and instructive feelings (Kelly, 2004). Adolescence is a transition period from childhood to adulthood. The age of the adolescence ranges from 11-19 years for girls and from 13-21 years for boys (Eze, 2005). In the opinion of Osa-Edoh and Iyamu (2012), adolescence is that period in every person’s life that lies between the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood. Operationally, adolescence is a human transitional period which begins from 11years and ends when the individual’s physiological, psychological, intellectual and emotions must have developed to perform adult roles say 18 years. Adolescence is a period of personality formation and shaping of behaviors. The adolescents try to build up their identity and make use of information to build their ego structure. The identity formation leads the adolescents to rely on the information available to them to make up and so they rely on social networks to provide solutions to problems they are encountering.

Adolescents are individuals who are within the transitional period childhood to adulthood (Eze, 2005). Eggen and Kanuchak (2013) opined that adolescents are young individuals who are physically, but not mentally ready for parenthood. Contextually, adolescents are teenagers who are passing through the stage of growth spur within age range of 11 to 21.

In-school adolescents are sensitive to self identity in-school necessary for academic adjustment when their peers provide expected support, intimacy, belongingness and advice they need (Brody, 2004). Emphasizing on how in-school adolescent become social and recognized among peers, Ito (2011) asserted that social networking sites have facilitated adolescents to develop important and amazing connections. In-school adolescents are adolescents who are in secondary schools (Idankwo, 2011). Contextually, in-school adolescents are young boys and girls ages (11-18) who are pursuing intellectual education in secondary schools.

Social networking becomes useful to introverted in-school adolescents to socialize behind the safety to various screens ranging from a 2 inch smart phone to a 17 inch Laptop (Rosen, 2011). For instance, social networking kills ineptitudes, inferiority. In-school adolescents use of social networking has shown to be very large for instance, a national survey in 2009 found that 73 percent of adolescents use social media indicating an increase from 55% three years earlier (Lemhart, Purcell, Smiths & Zickuhr, 2010). Meanwhile, students nowadays spend so much time chatting online rather than their academic pursuit Decrying on this ugly situation, Aren (2010) found that the more time University students browse on net the more their grade decreased in examinations. Aren further posited that in-school adolescents who use facebook usually have low academic achievement. In essence, social media is a challenge to academic performance of in-school adolescents because it is energy sapping and time consuming.
In-school adolescents tend to channel energy, time and whole being in social networking because of the unlimited satisfaction and pleasure which it offers to these young people. In-school adolescents are the most users of social networks. Mueller (2005) posited that million of adolescents are online whether in the school, at home, in a friend’s house with their cell phone and almost everywhere. Ogbe (2014) has this to say: The social networking and Nigerian youth, no doubt, the phenomenon of the social media has no small measure impacted positively on the Nigerian youths and indeed, Nigerians at large, for one it has made the youths to become better informed and educated by being abreast of global news and information (p.24).

Though, the social networking offers all possible information to the inschool adolescents. However, this information is not censored. In-school adolescents try to explore all environment, they tend to neglect the positive and important aspect of the social networking which is helping to access information for academic adjustment. In-school adolescence may pursue pleasure and enjoyment at the detriment of academic pursuit. Akaneme, Ibenegbu and Nwosu (2013) reported that 31 percent of a in-school adolescents who are social network users interviewed agreed to have flirted with someone online that would not have been done in person.

However, Ito (2009) highlighted on those in-school adolescents for whom social networking has facilitated important (connections) and amazing connections. So, looking at social-networking as a coin of two sides, one can use it positively when this is channeled towards success and it can also lead one to doom when it is not utilized properly. One can rightly conclude that the problem is not on social networking par-say but what one makes out of it. Social networking can make or destroy depending on the usage irrespective of gender and location.

Gender is the socio-cultural dimension of being male or female (Santrock, 2007). In operational terms, gender is a socio-cultural construct used to describe behaviours of boys (males) and girls (females). Emphasizing on whether difference exist between male and female adolescents with regards to academic adjustment, Maureen, John and Anyere (2011) argued that difference does not exit between girls and boys in school adjustment. Also, Kaur (2012) observed that girls have more adjustment power than boys. On contrary, Basu (2012), observed that difference exist a between the adjustment of secondary school students when compared on the basis of gender and location.
Location is a specific place where something exists (Chigbu, 2011). That is to say that location can be an urban or rural area. United Nation International Education Fund UNICEF (2012) defined an urban area as an area within the jurist diction of a municipality or town committee, with a minimum population size of 2,000 people population density, an economic function of surplus employment, presence of urban characteristics such as paved street, electric lighting and sewerage. Contextually an urban area is regarded as an area that is characterized by high population density, a number of houses and presence of government establishment(s). On the other hand, Ede (2014) opined that rural area is an area outside cities which is characterized by few people and typically agricultural, woodland and mountainous settings. In this study, rural area is a geographical location that has less population density, farmland and lack accessible road. In operational terms rural area is a place with few people in natural environment of mainly forest grasses bush and domestic animals.


1.2 Statement of the Problem

Evidences abound that in-school adolescents spend so much time in social networks such as facebook, 2go, whatsapp, twitter, instagram, google and others. Some of these in-school adolescents experience academic maladjustment in school.

There has been a decline in the performance of students in both internal and external examination Senior Secondary Certificate SSCE, Junior Secondary School Certificate Examination (JSSCE) and National Examination Council (NECO) point to this observation. It appears that the addiction of in-school adolescents to social networking makes them to lack concentration while studying and consequently lead to poor academic performance. It seems also that the inschool adolescents who are always on the net lack necessary skills that are required for academic adjustment in schools. For example, some of the adolescents do not use study time table to study and some lack study habit skills.

Consequently, some of the in-school adolescents who are always on social networking sites are more likely to have reduced academic performance. Some of these adolescents fail in both internal examinations repeat the examination and skill fail again. The in-school adolescents’ academic maladjustment leads to other antisocial behaviours such as examination malpractice, truancy and dropping out of school. It is against this background that the researcher has investigated the influence of social networking on academic adjustment of in-school adolescents in Enugu Education Zone of Enugu State.


1.3 Objectives of the Study

The objective of the study is to determine the influence of social networking on the academic adjustment of in-school adolescents in Enugu Education Zone of Enugu State. Specifically, the study seeks to:

  1. Identity the various categories of social networking that adolescents are exposed to in Enugu Education Zone of Enugu State
  2. Find out the dangers associated with the use of social networking
  3. Ascertain the influence of social networking on academic adjustment of male and female in-school adolescents
  4. Ascertain the influence of social networking on academic adjustment of in– school adolescents from urban and rural areas.

1.4 Research Questions

The following Research Questions guided this study:

  1. What are the various categories of social networking in-school adolescents are exposed to in Enugu Education Zone?
  2. What are the dangers associated with social networking?
  3. What is the influence of social networking on academic adjustment of male and female in-school adolescents?
  4. What is the influence of social networking on academic adjustment of urban and rural in-school adolescents?

1.5 Research Hypotheses

The following null hypotheses were formulated and tested at 0.05 probability level.

  • H01: There is no significant difference between the mean ratings of male and female in-school adolescents on the various categories social networking adolescents are exposed to.
  • H02: There is no significant difference between the mean ratings of male and female in-school adolescents on the dangers associated with social networking.
  • H03: There is no significant difference between the mean ratings of in-school adolescents from urban and rural areas on the influence of social networking on academic adjustment.
  • H04: There is no significant difference between the mean ratings of male and female in-school adolescents on the influence of social networking on academic adjustment.

1.6 Significance of the Study

This study has both theoretical and practical significance. Theoretically, the findings of this study would support and sustain social learning theory of Albert Bandura who maintains that children learn through observation of models and imitation. Hence the adolescents learn by observing and imitating other people.

Practically, the findings of this study would be of immense benefit to the teachers, school psychologists and counsellors, parents, students and curriculum planners.

Teachers: it would help the teachers to identify the various categories of social networking that adolescents are exposed to and their influence on students’ academic adjustment. Teachers would understand the important role they should play in adjustment patterns of adolescents with regards to their academic achievement. These would be achieved by depositing one of the copies of the study in the school library.

Psychologist/counselor would also benefit from the findings of this study. It would help them to find out the dangers associated with the negative use of social networking. It would also help them to ascertain the influence of social networking on academic adjustment of male and female adolescents. The knowledge of the influence of social networks on adolescents’ academic adjustment would help them to know how to modify and counsel adolescents with regards to social network related issues. This could during conferences and seminars.

The results of the study would help the parents to ascertain the influence of social networking on academic adjustment of male and female adolescents. The awareness could be done during Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meeting or seminar.

Furthermore, the students would benefit from the findings of this study. It would help them to find out the dangers associated with social networking. The student can access this information in the internet.

This study aid curriculum planners greatly. The, curriculum planners would be aware of various social networking that adolescents are exposed to. They would also identify the extent social networking would affect academic adjustments of the adolescent. Curriculum planners also would understand gender difference on the influence of social networking on academic adjustment of adolescents. This could be during seminars, workshops and conferences.


1.7 Scope of the Study

This study has both content and geographical scope. The content scope of the study covered social networking, academic adjustment and adolescence. These include: the various categories of social networking that adolescents are exposed to; the dangers associated with social networking the influence of social networking on academic adjustment of male and female adolescents and the influence of social networking on academic adjustment of adolescents from urban and rural areas. Geographically, this study was limited to all the public Senior Secondary Schools II Students (SS2) in Enugu Education Zone of Enugu State, Nigeria.


Chapter Five


Discussion of Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations

This chapter discussed finding of the results, conclusion, educational implications, recommendation, limitations, suggestions for further studies and the summary of the study. The findings are discussed under the following subheadings:

  1. Various categories of social networking that adolescents are exposed to
  2. Dangers associated with the use of social networking
  3. Influence of social networking on academic adjustment of male and female in-school adolescents
  4. Influence of social networking on academic adjustment of in–school adolescents from urban and rural areas.

5.1 Discussion of Findings

Various categories of social networking in-school adolescents are exposed to

The finding of the study revealed that in-school adolescents are exposed to various categories of social networks such as facebook, twitter, eskimi myspace, 2go, blogs, email, whatsapp and youtube. It was showed also that there is no significant difference between the mean ratings of male and female in-school adolescents on the various categories of social networks adolescents are exposed to. This finding is not surprising as many in-school adolescents usually engage in internet surfing and pinging. No wonder those adolescents prefer internet chatting to their academic careers. In most cases, they do this without considering the inverse or negative influence of the social networking on their careers. However, this finding collaborates with Ojo and omoyemiju (2008) who found that the students spend larger percentage of their time on social networking sites like email, facebook an 2go while spent less time is on the internet for academic purposes. This result is quite discouraging since those in-school adolescents have chosen to opt out from their studies. This could be attributed to significant influence of their peers and negative media contents they are exposed to. This agrees with the finding of Eren (2012) on students’ attitudes towards using social networking.

The result of the null hypothesis I revealed that there is no significant difference between the mean ratings of male and female in-school adolescents on the various categories of social networks adolescents are exposed to. This shows that there is a significant relationship between male and female in-school adolescents with regards to social networking exposure. This finding is not encouraging because it seems that both male and female students are being exposed to social networking. Therefore the negative impact of social networking may affect both male and female gender. This finding is also supported by Akaneme, Ibenegbu and Nwosu (2013) who found that adolescents use of social networking have negative influence on their academic achievement behaviour.

This is in line with Ojo and Omoyemiju (2008) who found that a significant positive relationship exists between internet addition and adolescents. No wonder Kumuyi (2015) observed that social networking exposes in-school adolescents to international fraudsters.

Dangers associated with social networking

It was found that the dangers associated with the use of social networking include depriving students the opportunities to read their books, loose of control over academics, poor study habits, identity theft, sexual solicitation, excessive mental preoccupation, and derivation of satisfaction at expense of academic adjustment. In addition, the finding revealed that the in-school adolescents disagreed that spiritual live is affected by social networking, neglecting family responsibility and high academic performance is associated with social networking. This finding disagrees with Idankwo (2011) who found that the students use social networking to get in touch with some of their friends, to discover and established new friendships and at the same time to achieve their social networks and youths. This finding also disagrees with Lewis (2013) who revealed that students are utilizing facebook to develop friendships with individuals that share the same ethnicity and with peers from different ethnicities. It is not encouraging that despite the dangers associated with internet surfing students still engage in it. This could lead them to have poor study habit towards their academics. It could be due to this internet activities that seem to have been luring contemporary youths into unguided and risk sexual behaviours.

In line the hypothesis tested it was revealed that there is no significant difference between the mean rating of male and female in-school adolescents on the dangers associated the use of social networking. This shows that both male and female in-school adolescents could be affected with regards to their academic adjustment. No wonder, most of Nigeria in-school adolescents engage in indecent dressing, internet theft and other inappropriate behaviours.
Influence of social networking on academic adjustment of male and female in-school adolescents.

The finding revealed that social networking influences male and female inschool adolescents’ academic adjustment. The positive influence include easy communication, academic peer-review, vocabulary development, motivates students for better learning, motivate students to be more educationally productive, nurtures student-teacher relationships, and positive learning experiences for learners. Others include students are updated on current educational affairs, motivates students to express academic problems, share similar academic problem, and to express academic challenges to school counsellor privately. This is in line with Osa-Edoh and lyamu (2012) who showed that social life adjustment influences male and female students academic positively. This finding is very interesting because students acquire social competences through social networking. No wonder, some adults engage in social media such as facebook, twitter, 2go, blog and email. In addition, it was found that there are some negative influences of social networking on male and female in-school adolescents. These include low academic grade, vulnerable to examination malpractice, spend very much time on twitter, erotic seduction, withdrawal from academic work, and elevated risk of drug use. This further collaborates with Akaneme, Ibenegbu and Nwosu (2013) who found that adolescents’ use of social networking has a negative influence on their academic achievement behaviour.

The result of the null hypothesis indicated that there is no significant difference between the mean ratings of in-school adolescents from urban and rural areas on the influence of social networking academic adjustment. This is not in consonance with Paramanik, Saha, and Mondal (2014) who indicated that there was significant difference between the secondary school students on the basis of location. This finding is not unexpected because of the recent increase in social networking among adolescents in both urban and rural areas. However, it shows that both urban and rural adolescents are likely to be exposed either the positive or negative influence of social networking.
Influence of social networking on academic adjustment of urban and rural in- school adolescents

The result indicated that social networking influences academic adjustment of urban and rural in-school adolescents. The positive influence include easy communication, academic peer-review, vocabulary development, motivates students for better learning, motivate students to be more educationally productive, nurtures student-teacher relationships, and positive learning experiences for learners. Others include students are updated on current educational affairs, motivates students to express academic problems, share similar academic problem, and to express academic challenges to school counsellor privately. This finding concurs with Chen, Li and Rubin (1997) who indicated that academic achievement was associated with social functioning and adjustment in Chinese children. This finding is very interesting as both urban and rural in-school adolescents seem to be developing vocabulary and interpersonal relationship with their teachers and school counselors through social networking. It is astonishing since the adolescents use the platform to assert and express their academic problems. While the negative influence of social networking on male and female in-school adolescents include low academic grade, vulnerable to examination malpractice, spend very much time on twitter, erotic seduction, withdrawal from academic work, and elevated risk of drug use. This agrees with the study of Ojo and Omoyemju (2008) on relationship between internet addiction and academic locus of control of students in selected universities in Nigeria.

It was also revealed that there is no significant difference between the mean ratings of male and female in-school adolescents on the influence of social networking on academic adjustment. This finding disagrees with Paramanik, Saha, and Mondal (2014) who indicated that there was significant difference between the secondary school students on the basis of location.It is not surprising that social networking influence academic adjustment of urban and rural in-adolescents because most their activities are seem to be embedded on internet resources. They usually engage in internet surfing probably because it helps them to develop vocabulary and interpersonal relationship


5.2 Conclusions

Based on the findings and discussions, these conclusions were drawn:

It was concluded that in-school adolescents are exposed to various categories of social networks adolescents such as facebook, twitter, eskimi myspace, 2go, blogs, email, whatsapppp and youtube. It was also concluded that the dangers associated with the use of social networking include depriving students the opportunities to read books, loose of control over academics, poor study habits, identity theft, sexual solicitation among others.

It was further concluded that there is positive influence of social networking on male and female in-school adolescents’ academic adjustment. The result concluded that there is positive influence of social networking on academic adjustment of urban and rural in-school adolescents. The result also concluded that there is no significant difference between the mean ratings of male and female inschool adolescents on the various categories of social networks adolescents are exposed to. It was further concluded that there is no significant difference between the mean rating of male and female in-school adolescents on the dangers associated the use of social networking. It was also concluded that there is no significant difference between the mean ratings of in-school adolescents from urban and rural areas on the influence of social networking academic adjustment. It was also concluded that there is no significant difference between the mean ratings of male and female in-school adolescents on the influence of social networking on academic adjustment.


5.3 Implications of the Study

There are educational implications derived from the findings of this study and these include:
The finding of this study revealed that in-school adolescents are exposed to various categories of social networks adolescents such as facebook, twitter, eskimi myspace, 2go, blogs, email, whatsapp and youtube. The corresponding null hypothesis indicated that there is no significant difference between the mean ratings of male and female in-school adolescents on the various categories of social networks adolescents are exposed to. By implication, the adolescents are likely to be exposed to inappropriate behaviours such as sexual solicitation, bullying, examination malpractice among others. It also implies the adolescents’ interest in social networking may thwart their attentions in school. It implies that in-school adolescents create quality time for social networking rather than their academic pursuits. This also implies that parents and teachers seem not to be giving them attention especially in time of difficulties in order gain their trust. And as result they engage in internet surfing where they friends that listen to their worries.

The finding also revealed that the dangers associated with the use of social networking include depriving students the opportunities to read books, loose of control over academics, poor study habits, identity theft, and sexual solicitation among others. It was also found that there is no significant difference between the mean rating of male and female in-school adolescents on the dangers associated the use of social networking. This implies that if social networking is depriving inschool adolescents the opportunities to read their books, they may become school dropout. As social networking is associated identity theft, and sexual solicitation, it implies that the students may engage in sex work and anti-social behaviours.

It was found that social networking influence male and female in-school adolescents’ academic adjustment. In addition, it was revealed that there is no significant difference between the mean ratings of male and female in-school adolescents on the influence of social networking on academic adjustment. By implication, if the influence of social networking is negative, both male and female students will learn negative attitude towards life. The negative attitudes could be examination malpractice, erotic seduction, withdrawal from academic work, and elevated risk of drug use which may lead the society to doom.

The result showed that social networking influences academic adjustment of urban and rural in-school adolescents. It was showed that there is no significant difference between the mean ratings of in-school adolescents from urban and rural areas on the influence of social networking academic adjustment. Since the social networking resources helps urban and rural students to communicate easily, do academic peer-review, develop vocabulary, motivate students to be more educationally productive, nurtures student-teacher relationships, and enhances positive learning experiences among learners, it implies that both urban and rural in-school adolescents’ academic adjustment will be encouraging. But if the influence of social networking is negative, it implies that both urban and rural inschool adolescents may be destructive in terms of outdoor activities and they will not adjust very well in school.


5.4 Recommendations

Based on the findings of the study the following recommendations are made.

  1. Government should organize intervention programmes such as seminar, and symposium to enlighten the in-school adolescents on proper ways of making use of social networking. This would help the in-school adolescents to imbibe the quality knowledge and awareness on the use of social networking.
  2. Stakeholders in education should organize workshops to educate the in-school adolescents on appropriate ways of using social networking.
  3. Parent should explain to the in-school adolescents why they should not waste time using social networking negatively.
  4. Counsellors should encourage gender quality in schools.

5.5 Limitation of the Study

In the course of this, some limitations were experienced. These include:

  1. The use of sampling of respondents rather than using the entire population. This approach has therefore limited the generalization of the research findings.
  2. Another limitation is the use of questionnaire only as a tool for data collection. The fact that questionnaire is a subjective source of data collection; the researcher suspects that the respondents may not have provided very objective responses to the items in the questionnaire. This therefore tends to limit the validity of the research findings.

5.6 Suggestions for Further Research

Based on the findings, recommendations and limitations of this study, The researcher made the following suggestions for further study to compliment this present study:

  1. Influence of social networking on out-of -schools adolescents.
  2. Health hazards associated with social networking.
  3. Influence of social networking and academic adjustments of in-school adolescents can be carried in the tertiary institution of Enugu State.
  4. Further investigation can be carried out on quality assurance of social networking on the academic adjustment of SS3 students of Enugu State.
  5. Use of Peer mentorship in curbing social networking excesses in secondary school.

5.7 Summary of the Study

This study investigated the influence of social networking on academic adjustment of in-school adolescents in Enugu education zone of Enugu State, Nigeria. To carry out the study, four specific purposes, four research questions and four research hypotheses guided the study. Literature was reviewed based on four sub-headings which includes conceptual frame work, theoretical framework, review of empirical studies and summary of literature review. The gaps in the review of empirical studies indicate that researchers have not investigated influence of social networking on academic adjustment of in-school adolescents in Enugu Education Zone of

Enugu- State, Nigeria with special reference of academic adjustment of in-school adolescents.
The design adopted in the study was Ex-post facto design. The population of the study comprised all 32, 396 senior secondary students II (SS2) in public secondary schools in Enugu Education zone of Enugu State. The sample size for the study was 607 in-school adolescents in (SS2) selected through multi stage sampling technique (273 male and 334 female).

The instrument for data collection was researcher made questionnaire titled Social Networking and Academic Adjustment of Adolescent Questionnaire (SNAAAQ)” which was directly administered to the respondents for data collection.

The four research questions were answered using mean and standard deviation, while t-test was used to test the four hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The result of the findings revealed among others that social networking has influence on academic adjustment of both male and female, urban and rural in-school adolescents. In line with the discussion of the findings; educational implications and recommendation were highlighted.


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