Use of social media by college students

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Journal of Technology Research

Use of social media by college students:
Relationship to communication and self-concept
Megan Sponcil
Youngstown State University
Priscilla Gitimu
Youngstown State University
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine social media use among college students and how it affects communication with others, and college students ' self-concept. In this study, students completed a questionnaire which assessed personal use of social media, communication skills with friends and family, and effects on self-concept. Results indicated that all of the sampled college students were using at least one form of social networking website. There was a
.586 Pearson correlation between usage of social media
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Emerging adulthood, which is described as ages
18-25, is a combination of the late adolescence and early adulthood stages previously identified.
It is a time where individuals are trying to find a sense of self worth while exploring possibilities of love, work, and world views (Arnett, 2000). Identity formation occurs during emerging adulthood as young adults are figuring out who they are as a person. Since this is a time of

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Emerging adults use social media communication methods as they make lifelong decisions for themselves (Arnett, 2000). Social media allows an outlet for identity exploration to occur through peer feedback and strengthening of relationships (Pempek et al., 2008).
The purpose of the study was to examine social media use among college students and how it affects communication with others, and college students ' self-concept.
Research Questions
1. What is the extent of usage of social media among college students?
2. Is there a relationship between extent of usage of social media and communication with family and friends?
3. Is there a relationship between self-concept of college students and their use of social media? REVIEW OF LITERATURE
All the studies reviewed for this review of