The Positive Aspect of Social Media Use by Youth of Kaduna North Local Government, Nigeria
Online classes are increasingly being adapted by colleges and universities worldwide as the need for the expansion of opportunities for acquiring higher degrees become necessary for youths and young adults. Social media as a tool for furthering education however is something being debated, as some scholars argue for its adaptation as one of the means to change the habits of the youths positively. Other positive uses include associations and interest groups collaborations on sports, and other interest for youths to keep busy and out of trouble. This study explored the possibility of turning around some habits of youth towards positive uses of social media. Using survey method to collect data from 382 youth of Kaduna North Local government area of Kaduna State, Nigeria, findings were mixed as high frequency use was documented at a little over 50%, while however, some professional uses disclosed at 39% of respondents were impressive. Recommendations include the need to have parents, as first point of contact with children to set limits and monitor social media use as they grow, to instil positive and controlled habits; some regulations by the government; and further studies on other ways to harness social media for positive applications. This study’s contribution holds key promise for a turn-around of negative thoughts into positive action for African youths uses of social media.
Keywords: Social media and youth, youth clubs and associations, Kaduna youth, positive social media uses.