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Social networking sites and social capital: An appraisal of Nigerian universities' students


Alhaji, Ahmad Suleiman and Shaari, Ahmad Jelani (2010) Social networking sites and social capital: An appraisal of Nigerian universities' students. In: Lifelong Learning International Conference 2010 (3LInC’10), 10 - 12 November 2010, Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

By using Web 2.0, it obviously means that we are interacting, sharing, collaborating and exchanging ideas especially using the SNSs (Social Networking Sites) like Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, Second Life, NigeriaDotCom, Hi5, Okcut, and thousands of others. Social capital refers to the intangible resources embedded within interpersonal relationships or social institutions. This study aimed in investigating and reported the extent of SNSs usage and its influence on social capital among university students in Nigeria. In a qualitative approach using interview employed on 12 subjects from the scope area. The qualitative results indicated the extent of the influence of SNS usage on social capital among the students in Nigeria. And found SNSs as social norms; information and communication channels academically, politically, religiously and economically.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Organised by Executive Development Centre Universiti Utara Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social Capital, Lifelong Education Web 2.0 and Social Networking Sites
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: College of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. Madya Dr. Ahmad Jelani Shaari
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2011 08:48
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2011 08:48
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/1957

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