THE ACCESS AND UTILISATION OF SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES AMONG SOCIAL SCIENCE STUDENTS’ IN NORTHEASTERN NIGERIAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES

Oberiri Destiny Apuke, Greg H. Ezeah

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This study examines the access and utilisation of social networking sites among social sciences students’ in Northeastern Nigerian public Universities. The rationale for this study stems from the limited investigations that focused on students of Northeastern Nigerian public Universities. Data extracted were entered into the 2016 Microsoft Excel statistical package and analysed using frequency counts and simple percentages presented in Tables and Graphs. The hypothesis of this study was analysed using Chi-square contingency analysis table. A questionnaire was used for data collection. Three hundred copies of the questionnaire were randomly administered to social science students in four institutions in Northeast of Nigeria. It was found that the entire social science students in public universities in Northeastern Nigeria make use of social networking sites and Facebook was ranked as the most utilised. However, only a few proportions of these students use it for academic purposes. Intrinsically, the excess utilisation of social networking sites was found to have a negative influence on their academic growth and development. On the other hand, receiving of unwanted comments, messages, as well as pictures and videos were found to be the leading problems encountered while using social networking sites. The study proposes that higher institutions in Nigeria should always organise seminars and workshops to educate students on the appropriate way of utilising social networking sites.

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