Effects of social media addiction on academic performance of students in secondary schools in Rivers State, Nigeria
Hillary Wordu, Ibinye Dan-Jumbo, Agnes Dick Mina
The descriptive survey design was adopted to investigate the effects of social media addiction on academic performance of students in public Senior Secondary Schools in Rivers State, Nigeria. To achieve this, four reseach questions and four hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The population for the study was 2,786 final year students of the ten secondary schools in Port Harcourt urban. Multi-stage sampling technique was used to sample 349 participants from the population. The instrument used is questionnaire of a modified four points Likert scale type with a distributed ordinal values that ranges from the highest value of Strongly Agreed (4 points) to the least value of Strongly Disagreed (1 point). The questionnaire was validated by two experts in Information Technology and Psychology. The questionnaire was also subjected to a reliability through test-retest method. The two sets of scores from the two tests yielded a coefficient of 0.73 using the Pearson's Product Moment Correlation technique. Mean and Standard Deviation were used to answer the research questions, while z-test was used to test the hypotheses at 5% alpha level. Based on the findings, it was revealed that students who spent more time on social media were more likely to have higher Internet addiction. It was also shown that social media addiction could actually result from another existing disorders like depression, stress or anxiety. it was concluded that students who participated were in danger of Facebook depression, cyberbullying, and online sexual harassment. Recommendations made amongst others are that seminars should be organized in the various schools to enlighten students more on the possible implications of excessive indulgence in social media usage on their academic performance. Teachers can adopt new strategies by channeling assignments or discussions on social media platforms to help inculcate the better habit of using these media sites for academic work.
Hillary Wordu, Ibinye Dan-Jumbo, Agnes Dick Mina. Effects of social media addiction on academic performance of students in secondary schools in Rivers State, Nigeria. International Journal of Advanced Education and Research, Volume 6, Issue 6, 2021, Pages 1-7