THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN COLEGE OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), LAFIAGI, KWARA STATE, NIGERIA
Mohammed Idris Mohammed & Musa Abdullahi
The purpose of this research study is to examine the influence of Social Media on Students Academic Performance in College of Education (Technical), Lafiagi Kwara State. Five Research questions and five Research hypotheses guided the study. To achieve this, the descriptive survey research design was adopted. The study focused on College of Education (Technical), Lafiagi hence, population consisted of all the 1,267 full-time NCE students. The simple random sampling technique was used to select a sample of 378 students. A four point Likert Type Rating Scale Questionnaire type, titled: Impact of Social Media on Academic Performance of Students. Questionnaire (ISAPOS) was used to collect data from the respondents. The descriptive statistics of frequency counts and percentage were used to analyze the demographic data, while inferential statistics of Chi-square(x2) was used in testing the research hypotheses. Research findings showed that a great number of students in College of Education (Technical), Lafiagi, are addicted to social media, to this end, the researchers recommended that social media should be used for educational purposes as well; Social Networking Sites should be expanded and new pages should be created to enhance academic activities and avoid setbacks in the students’ academic performance; and Students should be monitored by teachers and parents on how they use these sites. This is to create a balance between social media and academic activities of students to avoid setbacks on their academic performance.