The Effects of Social Media Engagement to the UM CBAE Students Study Habit

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This study is conducted in order to determine the “effects of social media engagement to the UM CBAE students study habit and incidence of failing grade”. The definition of social media is “the relationships that exist between network of people” (Walter & Riviera, 2004). In the last ten years, the online world has changed dramatically. Thanks to the invention of social media, young men and women now exchange ideas, feelings, personal information, pictures and videos at a truly astonishing rate. Seventy-three percent of wired American teens now use social media websites (Oberst, 2010). Schill (2011) states that the social media sites encourage negative behaviors for teen students such as procrastination (catching up with friends), and they are more likely to drink and drug. However, every day, many students are spending countless hours immersed in social media, such as Facebook, Myspace, World of Warcraft, or Sim City. At first glance this may seem like a waste of time; however it also helps students to develop important knowledge and social skills, and be active citizens who create and share content. At present, whether social media is favorable or unfavorable, many students utilize these sites on a daily basis. As social media sites continue to grow in popularity it is our belief that technology is a vital part of today’s student success equation. Many parents are worried that their college students are spending too much time on Facebook and other social media sites and they do not have enough time studying. (Walter & Rivera, 2004)

Therefore, our research ascertains the relationship between the social media and students’ study efficiency. Everyone is different, and for some students, studying and being motivated to learn comes n...

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Definition of Terms

The following terms are defined conceptually and operationally in this section to establish a common frame of reference.

Social media. Refers to the means of interaction among people in which they create, share and exchange of information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.

Study habits. These refer to the behaviors used when preparing for test or learning academic material. It is about the ways you take in and process information.

Failing grades. Refer to an act of or instance of weakness about a certain subject that leads to failing mark or grade of the students.

Student. Refers to a person who engaged in the study, one who is devoted to learning; a learner; a pupil; a scholar; especially one who attends a school or who seeks knowledge from professional teachers or from book.
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