THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN CHEMISTRY

A. O. Kalejaiye, S. O. Banjoko, O. S. Oludipe

Abstract


This research examines the effect of social media on students’ academic performance in chemistry. Descriptive research design was employed for this study. The population of this study comprises one hundred and fifty SSS2 chemistry students drawn from five public secondary schools within educational district V of Lagos State. Chemistry Achievement Test (CAT) and Social Media Usage Questionnaire (SMUQ) were the instruments used for the study. Analysis of the data collected was carried out using frequency count, simple percentages, Pearson Product Moment Correlation (PPMCC), Chi Square (X2) and t-test at 0.05 level of significance. Three research questions were raised and answered. Findings revealed a strong negative relationship between social media usage and students’ academic performance (r = -0.63).There was no significant difference between the usage of social media by male (Mean=12.37, Standard deviation = 2.03) and female (Mean =12.50, Standard deviation = 1.34). The magnitude of the difference in means is 0.13 which is very small t (116.85) = -0.45 p= 0.65, two-tailed. Use of Facebook was the most preferred social media by students, 64% of them preferred Facebook. Based on these findings the study recommends that parents and teachers should monitor and supervise the activities of their children most especially in the areas of internet and social media. 

Keywords: Academic Performance, Social Media, Senior Secondary School Student 


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