The Internet and Online Communication

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THE popularity of the internet and online communication in Nigeria and the world at large has grown exponentially. Social networking websites enable users to remain connected. The popularity of social networking websites such as facebook, my space, twitter, 2go etc with millions of users accessing these websites is rising daily.

Research proves that it is safe to assume that majority of people taking the survey were infact university level college students with no bias towards gender or race. The research was done over the course of a week to increase the variance and legitimacy of the experiment. After executing the experiment and gathering that seventy five per cent of the college students are registered with social networking sites and they spend less than ten hours a week socializing outside cyber-space or on their mobile phones.

Basically, we are going to look at the effect of social networking among Nigerian students/youths. Information technology, despite its positive gains comes with negative consequences, with so many networking sites displayed on the internet. Most Nigerian students are tempted to abandon their homework, reading times in preferences for chatting online with their friends. Many Nigerian students are now addicted to the online rave of the movement with facebook, twitter, 2go, my space and many more.

According to research, the facebook service provider announced that it has over 500 million member mark and facebook users in Nigeria keep surging everyday. Research further showed that the number of facebook users in Nigeria was slightly over 400,000, but presently, there are over one million Nigerian facebook active users and over sixty three million mobile subscribers in Nigeria. One of its members is Nigerian president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who is quite active on facebook page. Over 144,000 people have access to his facebook page where he posts in English, his daily political activities.

This dangerous trend which if left...
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