The purpose of this paper is to investigate the use of social media for academic practices by science students of public universities in Southwest Nigeria.
Descriptive design was used for the study. Research instrument used was questionnaire where 140 copies were administered to science students, using purposive sampling technique. Three institutions in southwest of Nigeria were selected for the study. Copies of the questionnaire were distributed to students in their lecture rooms and laboratories during practical classes with the permission and assistance of their lecturers. The data collected were analysed using frequency and simple percentage.
The results reveal that among the various social media networks available, Facebook (93.48 per cent) is the most recognized and most famous, followed by Google+ (63.77 per cent) and Twitter (47.83 per cent). Two-third of the students make use of social media daily to remain up-to-date with trending events/news and to occupy free time when they are bored, among other reasons. The findings show that Google+ (52.17 per cent) is the most beneficial social media network followed by Facebook (29.7 per cent) and Wikia (23.91 per cent). Most of the science students are knowledgeable in the usage and application of social media, while majority of them considered poor Internet connectivity, receiving of unwanted messages/pictures and electricity failure as the leading problems encountered while using social media.
The study was necessary to identify the use and application of social media by science students in public universities in Southwest Nigeria.
Fasae, J. and Adegbilero-Iwari, I. (2016), "Use of social media by science students in public universities in Southwest Nigeria", The Electronic Library, Vol. 34 No. 2, pp. 213-222. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-11-2014-0205Download as .RIS
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