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PROJECT TOPIC: SOCIAL MEDIA AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF STUDENTS IN UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS.

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Student’s Addictiveness to Social Media

        On the internet, students engage in a variety of activities some of which may be potentially addictive. (kuss and Griffiths, 2011). The mass appeal of social media on the internet could be a cause for concern, particularly when attending to the gradually increasing amount of time students spend online. Undergraduates spend more time on Facebook, Twitter and other social media through smartphones that are now in abundance among these youths. Many student cannot go for two-three hours without checking and updating their profiles on these social networks even at the detriment of other activities such as educational and career pursuit. (Morahan- Martin and Schumacher, 2000) explain social media addiction as the excessive use of the internet and the failure to control this usage which seriously harms a person’s life.

        In an article on the Daily Trust newspaper, Itodo (2011) posits that there seem to be an alarming rate of social networking obsession among students today; a trend that could affect their academic, social and spiritual lives negatively if not properly controlled.

        Many concerned parents have expressed grave concern that they could hardly get the attention of their children and wards, as they seem to have been carried away by the fascinating world of social networks. Some youths are such social freaks that they have now carved out for themselves a world of fantasy and illusion for detached from reality. Bello (2012) of the Sunday Observer observes that if the dangerous trend of social media network “obsession” if left unchecked could further affect an already collapsing education system in Nigeria. The reason students are performing poorly in school these days might not be farfetched. While poor quality of lecturers can quickly take the blame, one might think harder if the phrase “Facebook frenzy” has not been heard of. It is a common sight to see a youth chatting in sensitive and highly organized places like church, mosque and lecture venues. Some are so carried away that even as they are walking along the high way, they keep chatting. Attention has been shifted from visible to invisible friends, while important ventures like study and writing are affected in the process.


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