Me my self and I
IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
I would like to acknowledge and give my warmest thanks to my supervisor Francis Daniel De Ocampo who made the work possible. His guidance and advice carried through all the stages of creating my research. Thank You.
Finally I thank God, for letting me through all the difficulties, I have experience your gratitude day by day. You are one who let me finish.
Social networking has become a common international trend which has spread its reach to almost every corner of the world. The use of Social media sites have exploded and evolved into an online platform where people create content, share it, bookmark it and network at a prodigious rate. Among the prominent users of the social media are the students. This research assesses the impact of social media sites on student academic performance in Victoria National High School. . Four research questions and three hypotheses guided the study. The study adopted descriptive survey design. The population used as sample were students from Victoria National High Scool the significance of the hypothesis. Frequency counts, percentage and mean were the quantitative statistics used. The inferential statistics was applied to assess statistic was used to determine whether the hypotheses was significant. The result shows that there is significant relationship between time spent on social media sites and academic works. It also revealed that the nature of social media activities which the student engages in does not have any significant impact on the student academic performance. In addition the study also shows that the gender of the student has no impact on the usage and activities of social media
Key words: Internet, Social media, Academic work, Academic performance.
Presently, there are many academic counsellors on social media who can help students to solve their academic problems. Students also have exposure to contact experts or refer to their blogs in various fields of study using social media, to gain proper information and knowledge for their own field of study. This can help them to gain some real-world and actual knowledge, which will increase their knowledge scope. Students can use social media platform like Linked In to search for internships related to their field of study. This can help them gain practical knowledge, which in turn may help in improving their academic performance. Students can also read various educational blogs which can help to improve their knowledge and thus help their studies.
REVIEW OF RELATED WORK
The internet is an interconnected computer networks that use the standard internet protocol suite to serve billions of users worldwide. It consists of millions of private, public, academic, business and government networks that range from local to global scope that are linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless and optical networking technologies. The advancement of media technology has had a great influence on the way people now communicate on a daily basis. The use of the social media among the youth of today is growing by the day and gaining more and more popularity among students. It is a way to make connections, not only on campus but with friends outside of school. Social networking is a way that helps people feel they belong to a community. Its increased popularity has raised concern over how the time spent and student activities on these sites could impact their performance in school.
The sample for this study was drawn from the population of students in Samuel Adegboyega University in Edo State. The convenient sampling method was employed for this study because the population of the respondent university were few therefore, did not permit the use of probability sampling method. One hundred and sixty-six respondents were randomly selected which included students across different level of studies and Departments. The researcher designed questionnaire with which responses were collected from the respondents. The questionnaire were personally administered by the researcher to the various students in their lecture halls for effective feedback. The researcher made use of descriptive and inferential statistics. The inferential statistics were frequency counts, percentage and mean. The inferential statistics was applied to assess the significance of the hypotheses. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) was the technique of estimation. The hypotheses were tested with F-statistic at 5% level of significance. The F-Statistic is compared with the F-critical value at 0.05 level of significance. If the F-critical is less than the F-statistic the null hypothesis is rejected; otherwise, it is accepted when the F-critical is greater than F-statistic. Alternatively, the null hypotheses is failed to be rejected when the probability value (P-value) is greater than 0.05 level of significance.
The use of social media has become very popular all around the world due to a great development of technology in recent years. People across all walks of life make use of social media sites. Many people have become so use to social media that they can spend a good number of hours on the social media particularly students. This study was conducted to investigate the impact of social media on student academic performance. The findings revealed that the time spent on social media can negatively affect student academic activities. Therefore it is our suggestion that for students to be more productive, the need to minimize the time they spend engaging on social media activities.