The Academic and Social Effects of Using Social Media on University Students

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Bartın Üniversitesi Eğitim Fakültesi Dergisi, vol.7, no.1, pp.316-348, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier


Media tools change and transform according to the wants and needs of the society. A new concept has entered our lives as a result of these changes: social media. Popular social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Wikipedia, Youtube, Whatsapp, Snapchat are used commonly, especially among young people. The effects of using social media tools are gathered under a wide range. The purpose of this study is to show the academic and social effects of using social media on university students. Within this context, interviews were made with 12 students studying at Ondokuz Mayıs University, Faculty of Education during the fall semester of 2016-2017 Academic year, and the data obtained were assessed with descriptive analysis. Maximum variation sampling method was used in sample selection. The data obtained from the interviews show that using social media causes important effects on students.