Chapter One: Introduction
Youth development can be more than acquiring a set of facts, learning about rights and obligations, and becoming an informed young adult. Youth development is a process that prepares a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve his or her full potential. Hence, youths are expected to acquire skills before they become adults. When youths lack skills, it is inevitable that they will experience difficulties in their adulthood as well as their chosen occupation. Unfortunately, many students are characterised by a lack of good skills. This is manifested by, inter alia, their incapability to effectively use the library, network, build on vocational skills, source for quality academic works online or take meaningful notes during field work. More recently, studies have shown that youth have turn to the use of social media as their primary means of communication, so much that when they want to use the internet for quality information or school work, they soon forget their purpose of going online and start updating their status on social networking sites (SNSs)
With the ever increasing use of social media by Nigerian youth, there has been a growing concern among educators, parents, researchers and general public that this practice has serious implications on the holistic development of the Nigerian youth. Various studies on the effects of social media on youth have concentrated mainly on academic performance (Kirschner & Karpinski, 2010; Oluwatoyin 2011; and Ogedebe, Emmanuel, & Musa, 2012). This research shifts its attention away from this and rather focuses on how social media affects youth development. Thus, posers arise as to what are the social media use patterns of Nigerian youths? What influence do the use patterns have on the social development of Nigerian youths? It is in the quest to resolve these posers that this study is examining the perceived effects of social media use patterns on the social development of Nigerian youths. This study therefore examines the effects of social media on Nigerian youths.
The primary aim of this study was to examine the effects of social media on youth’s development in Nigeria. Specifically, this study seeks to:
- Examine the relationship between the use of social media and entrepreneurship among youth;
- Examine the relationship between the use of social media and political participation
- Examine the relationship between the use of social media and language disruption;
- Examine the relationship between the use of social media and cyber-crime among youth;
Chapter Two: Literature Review
This chapter reviews literature on the effects of social media on youth development in Nigeria. The literature is presented under sub-headings derived from the study’s research questions. Gaps to be filled by the present study are highlighted.
Chapter Three: Research Methodology
This chapter deals with the methodology and the research instrument to be used in getting data for the study. This study uses a descriptive survey type. The target population consisted of some selected secondary schools students. Relevant statistical tool in the SPSS will be used for data analysis.
Chapter Four: Data Analysis
In this chapter, the researcher will analyse the data collected for the research work and interpret it according to the research hypotheses formulated in chapter one.
Chapter Five: Summary and Conclusion
Summary and conclusions are to be drawn from the research literature, research findings and data analysis. Recommendations will be made in the final chapter.