Effect of Socil Media on Nigeria Youth

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INTHIG-00441; No of Pages 9 Internet and Higher Education xxx (2011) xxx–xxx Contents lists available at ScienceDirect Internet and Higher Education Serious social media: On the use of social media for improving students' adjustment to college David C. DeAndrea a, , Nicole B. Ellison b, Robert LaRose b, Charles Stein eld b, Andrew Fiore b a b Department of Communication, Michigan State University, United States Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies & Media, Michigan State University, United States a r t i c l e Available online xxxx Keywords: Social media Social capital Transition to college College adjustment i n f o a b s t r a c t A considerable body of research indicates that social support plays an integral role…show more content…
In particular, students who believe that they have social resources available on campus more successfully handle the transition to college (Brissette, Scheier, & Carver, 2002). Accordingly, the website that was created for the present research was designed to facilitate the development of a support network during students' rst year of college, prior to their arrival on campus. Site sponsors hoped to create a closed online community that would provide students with access to other students, staff, faculty, and informational resources. In the following sections, we rst provide a review of the social media research that guided the development of the online community site. This review discusses research that highlights the importance of in uencing students' self-beliefs prior to arrival on campus. The manuscript then describes the site's features, the context of its deployment, and the methods used in the study. Results and a discussion of the implications of the study conclude the paper. 1. Literature review 1.1. Social media and college adjustment Over the years, many university programs have been conducted to help establish social support networks once students arrive on Please cite this article as: DeAndrea, D.C., et al., Serious social media: On the use of social media for improving students' adjustment to college, Internet and Higher Education (2011),

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