Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

Winter 5-6-2019


be published


This study examined the social media use and its influence on academic performance of Postgraduate students of Benue State University, Makurdi. Four research questions were answered. Population for this study was 76 library staff of Benue State University and was used as sample. Instrument for data collection was a structured questionnaire. Data collected was analysed using percentage, mean and standard deviation. Findings of the study revealed that Postgraduate students mostly spend their time using Facebook on social media. Findings also revealed that most of Postgraduate students spend their good on social media. The study also found that Postgraduate spend good number of hours on social media. Finally, the study revealed that usage of social media influence academic performance of Postgraduate students. The study concluded that social media is an important instructional method and cannot be misused. It was recommended that University management must design time and opportunities for the use of social media activities into their course syllabi. Both instructors and students must be open to learning and using new social media classroom approaches that extend and enhance instructor-student interactions. University management should encourage all Postgraduate students to use social media for academic purposes.