Use of social media for reading culture development among selected secondary school students in Oyo State
Many activities of academic life require the ability to read and write. Reading helps to develop the mind and personality of a person; it also enriches ones' intellectual abilities. But, with the current popularity of social media, it is slowly and steadily taking over the mind of young people who are expected to cultivate good reading culture. This study therefore, sought to find out the use of social media for reading culture development in selected secondary schools in Akinleye Local Government Area, Ibadan Oyo. Descriptive Survey method was adopted using questionnaire as instrument for data collection. Copies of questionnaires were administered and retrieved from 200 Secondary school students. Findings revealed that 184(92%) of the students are involved in social media to connect with friends and relatives, the study also indicated that 72(36%) respondents stipulated that social media distract their reading habits. Based on these findings, this paper recom mended that students in secondary schools be given proper orientation on how to use social media as effective tool for development. The authority concerned should also intensify enlightenment campaign on the negative effect of all social media on students and their academic performances.
Keywords: Use of social media, Reading Culture development, secondary school students, Oyo state, Nigeria.