Preference and Usage of Social Media Applications Among Polytechnic Students in Ogun State, Nigeria
Keywords:usage, polytechnic students, preference, social media, Nigeria
Many researchers have studied the preference and use of Social Media in Nigeria but this was most common among university students. Very few studies have attempted to do this among Polytechnic students. This study, therefore, examined the preference and usage of Social Media applications among Polytechnic students in Ogun State, Nigeria. A descriptive research design of the non-experimental type was adopted. A sample of three hundred students was obtained using the multistage sampling method. ‘Preference and Usage of Social Media Application Questionnaire, was the instrument of data collection. Analysis of data was done using Mean, S.D, and t-test. Findings showed that Polytechnic students’ first choice Social Media applications are YouTube, Google+, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Yahoo messenger, Snapchat and Twitter. The majority of them use the applications mainly for assignment purposes, aside from using them regularly for other academic purposes. Finally, finding showed that there exists significant difference in Social Media preference among Polytechnic students based on gender. The potential of Social Media for academic uses should be harnessed by Polytechnic students and their lecturers.
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