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Nigerian students and social media explosion - gains and losses
23. June 2018 at 18:44
In a world of increased globalization where happenings in the sphere of human lives spree a boom. The human space become compressed in such a lane that far away seem like home and information travels at trajectory speed that brings human race into a village settings - this is all thanks to digital technology nay social media, a computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks
In a world of increased globalization where happenings in the sphere of human lives spree a boom. The human space become compressed in such a lane that far away seem like home and information travels at trajectory speed that brings human race into a village settings - this is all thanks to digital technology nay social media, a computer-mediated technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, career interests and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks.

The bulks of social media users in Nigeria are driven by students who troop into this community to share information so vital to development, meet new faces to finance networking and above all meet a life-changing career opportunities. Social media has craved a nuclei in Nigeria education space whose roles cannot be de-emphasized as it has become an ingredient used in the making of studentship in Nigeria - an explosion which brings both wise and the otherwise tidings.

On a good note, social media has helped to ease the quagmire faced by students in obtaining lecture notes. Unlike the donkey years where lecturers would have to embark on an herculean journey to provide reading materials popularly known as Handout, lecturers have resort to providing electronic files and shared same on social media such as Whatsapp, Facebook for students to download thereby killing two birds with a stone; easing access to reading materials and saving costs.

On the same lane, social media provides avenue for life-changing career opportunities and student entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs have come to realize that the bulk of consumers are ardent user of social media thereof adopting the strategy "catch them young" on social media to advertise vacancies and products thereby denouncing the archaic pasting system which has hitherto become an sycophant to infrastructure.

Without being economical with words, Nigerian students have taken to social media for expression of opinions and election of representatives. Social media has become a reliable electronic polling units on Nigeria campuses to elect leadership of various associations and unions. This serves as a litmus test for the workability of e-voting in Nigeria thereby erasing cases electoral violence in our campuses.

It is pertinent to note that despite the overwhelming gains of social media, its abuses serve a threat to human race. Social media abuse among Nigeria students has wrecked more lives than real-world encounters.

Social media lend hands to cunning Nigeria students to defraud others of huge amount they did not work for. Cyber crime has hold sway on social media which put users in vulnerable stance and interception of privacy.

Also, angry or emotional conversation on social media can lead to real-world interaction which can get users into dangerous situations such as kidnapping, sexual harassment. Some users have experienced threats of violence online and have feared these threats manifesting offline.

Suffice to say that addiction to social media can cause disruption in physical and mental health, notably academic performances. Excessive use of social media has been linked to lower grades compared to users who spend little amount of time online.

Conclusively, social media has proven to be an immense help and brother to human space and its abuse, a parasite and subjugation of human race to illusions.
Cite This Article As: Abiodun Jamiu Sulaiman. "Nigerian students and social media explosion - gains and losses." International Youth Journal, 23. June 2018.

Link To Article: https://youth-journal.org/nigerian-students-and-social-media-explosion--gains-and-loss





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