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Role and users’ approach to social networking sites (SNSs): a study of universities of North India

K P Singh (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi, Delhi, India)
Malkeet Singh Gill (Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi, Delhi, India.)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 2 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate and assess the awareness and extent of the use of social networking sites (SNSs) by the students and research scholars of universities of North India.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is a questionnaire-based survey on the usage of SNSs among the students and research scholars of the universities of North India. The data of the study were collected through questionnaires, which were personally distributed to the identified population, i.e. undergraduate students, postgraduate students and research scholars, by the authors. The survey was based on a sample of 610 questionnaires; of which, 486 questionnaires were received, having a response rate of 79.67 per cent.

Findings

The study showed that all the respondents were found to be aware of and making use of such applications in their academic affairs. It was revealed from the study that Facebook is the most popular SNS by all categories of respondents. To determine the purpose of SNSs, it emerged that SNSs are mostly used for entertainment and communication. The study also found that the majority of respondents were aware about the security aspects of SNSs. It signifies that excessive time consumption and fear of misusing personal information were the major hurdles in the way of accessing SNSs.

Research limitations/implications

The study covers the students and research scholars of select universities of North India. It also signifies the use of SNSs in their research and academic environment.

Originality/value

The paper provides reliable and authentic data. The study is worth, justifiable and enlightens the salient findings on the topic, which will be very useful for researchers in this area.

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Citation

Singh, K.P. and Gill, M.S. (2015), "Role and users’ approach to social networking sites (SNSs): a study of universities of North India", The Electronic Library, Vol. 33 No. 1, pp. 19-34. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-12-2012-0165

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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