African Journal of Business Management Vol. 5(12), pp. 5022-5031, 18 June, 2011 Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/AJBM DOI: 10.5897/AJBM11.595 ISSN 1993-8233 ©2011 Academic Journals
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A look out for academic impacts of Social networking sites (SNSs): A student based perspective
Ishfaq Ahmed* and Tehmina Fiaz Qazi
Hailey College of Commerce, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan.
Accepted 20 April, 2011
This study implies the exploration of relationship between SNSs usage and educational performance of the student users. A sample of one thousand students was selected from different universities of Pakistan. In first step of Multistage Sampling Technique, simple random sampling …show more content…
Considering its popularity among students, Facebook high school version was launched in September, 2005. Its members are multiplying greatly with each day passing i.e. Facebook had 100million users on Aug. 26, 2008 while this number increased to 500million on Jul. 21, 2010 and growth rate was 153% during the last year (blog.Facebook.com). Social networking sites brought many positive implications to human life. The idea of social globe or global village has been translated into reality through these sites connecting millions of people from all around the world. Simultaneous communication of many people even at distant places promotes the creation of social capital fetching personal, professional and social benefits not only to the users of these sites but to the society as a whole. But every technological revolution brings some dilemmas and darker issues along as well. Likewise, these increasing links and networks online are setting back the real values of life especially students are accepting some adverse impacts from using these sites as they form the major chunk of SNSs users. An ever increasing growth rate of SNSs not only calls for the parental and teacher monitoring of student users but also attracting the focus of academicians and researchers towards this phenomenon. In September, 2005, out of total adult internet users (18-29 years) 16% were those who were using any social networking site and this percentage increased to 86% on
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4 EFFECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON COLLEGE STUDENTS Statement of Problem To address the issue of the effectiveness of using social networking, the first question raised in this study is: for what purpose is the student utilizing social networking? Research on this topic will start to reveal social networking sites are simply part of how students interact with each other with no apparent impact on grades. Thus, the objective of this research is to explore the advantages and disadvantages of students’ use of social networking for study. The main purpose of this research is to expand on previous research, explore the relationship between the effects of social networking and students’ study efficiency, and to determine if social media interfering with students’ academic lives. Research Questions: Which is the most popular social media site for students? What is the amount of time students spend utilizing social media in various academic processes? Review of the Literature College students have great interest in social media. For the purpose of this study, social media was defined as Facebook, YouTube, Blogs, Twitter, MySpace or LinkedIn (Martin, 2008). Although, providing a detailed perspective on social media use among university students and underscoring that such use can produce both
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In recent years the social networking is has increased by the use of smart phones and laptops. Many school students are attracted to this and spend most of their time on this social networking sites. A study by researchers at University of Minnesota "found that, of the students observed, 94% used the internet, 82% go online at home and 77% had a profile on a social networking site."(University of Minnesota, 2008). According to a survey that was conducted by Whitmore School of Business and Economics and by the University of New Hampshire, they interviewed 1,127 college students. Among these students, “96%” of them use “Facebook”, 8.4 out of 10 use “YouTube”, “20 %” use “blog”, 1.4 out of 10 of them use “Twitter”, “12 %” use “MySpace”, and 1 out of 10 of them use “LinkedIn”. Also, “81%” of college students “use social sites”.(http://www.termpaperwarehouse.com/essay-on/Problem-Statement-In-Social-Networking/195290)
Nowadays, the Internet is considered as the most convenient, fastest and the cheapest means of communication between people around the world. Also, it can be an extremely easy way to access information. The number of the users of the Internet is increasing every day. Also, it might be considered as the most developed form of communication. Furthermore, the Internet provides a lot of websites online many of these websites associate in social interaction between users such as social networking sites. Social networking sites have been defined as “a web-based service” that permits users to create an account and put their personal information, pictures and videos and it allows users to make a list of friends, so people can communicate with other users (Boyd & Ellison, 2008). Also, other users on the same site can see and share their profiles (Boyd & Ellison, 2008). Social networking sites are the most popular between adults, children and teenagers (Papacharissi, 2011, p.39). The most prominent social networking sites around the world are Facebook, Twitter, Friendster, Hi5 and MySpace. Social networking sites are a new phenomenon and are highly controversial. Social networking sites are a phenomenon that interests many scientists and psychologists in the world, as it also concerns parents as well because of the impact on children and teenagers all over the world (Boyd & Ellison, 2008). These sites have
African Journal of Business Management Vol. 5(13), pp. 5118-5126, 4 July, 2011 Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/AJBM DOI: 10.5897/AJBM10.870 ISSN 1993-8233 ©2011 Academic Journals
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