SOCIAL NETWORKING USAGE AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF SCHOOL-GOING ADOLESCENTS IN OYO CITY, NIGERIA
Students’ involvement in social network activities has been a topical issue in the academics sphere. This could have enormous influence on their education. This study thus examined the relationship between social network usage and academic performance of secondary school students in Oyo City, Oyo State, Nigeria. Correlational design method was adopted for the study. The 180 students in the study were selected using simple random sampling technique from four Local Government Areas in the City. A researcher’s designed instrument entitled “Social Network Sites Usage Questionnaire (SNSUQ)”, with a test re-test reliability index of .81 was used to collect data for the study. On the other hand, the students’ academic performance was measured using their overall grade in their third term English and Mathematics examination results. Pearson’s (r) statistic was used to test the null hypotheses at 0.05 alpha level. The study revealed that social network sites usage (Facebook, Whatsapp, Instangram and Internet search) has negative relationship with the students’ academic performance. It is recommended in this regard that education stakeholders; parents and school should work together in monitoring students’ activities on social network and design a programme to encourage them towards using social networking channels to improve their academic achievement.
Keywords: Social network usage, academic performance, secondary school students, Oyo City.
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