The Impact of Social Networking Websites on the Education of Youth

The Impact of Social Networking Websites on the Education of Youth

Sunitha Kuppuswamy (Anna University Chennai, Chennai, India) and P. B. Shankar Narayan (Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-100-3.ch521

Abstract

Social networking websites like Orkut, Facebook, Myspace and Youtube are becoming more and more popular and has become part of daily life for an increasing number of people. Because of their features, young people are attracted to social networking sites. In this paper, the authors explore the impact of social networking sites on the education of youth. The study argues that these social networking websites distract students from their studies, but these websites can be useful for education based on sound pedagogical principles and proper supervision by the teachers. Moreover, the research concludes that social networking websites have both positive as well as negative impact on the education of youth, depending on one’s interest to use it in a positive manner for his or her education and vice versa.

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