Impact of Social Networking Sites on Student Academic Performance: The Case of University of Bahrain

Youssef Harrath (Department of Computer Science, University of Bahrain, Zallaq, Bahrain) and Hadeel Alobaidy (Department of Computer Science, College of Information Technology, University of Bahrain, Zallaq, Bahrain)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 50
EISBN13: 9781522533429|DOI: 10.4018/JCIT.2016040103
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The purpose of this research is to study the impact of Social Networking Sites on student academic performance. An online survey was conducted and 628 students of University of Bahrain replied. This research studies and explores the relationships between the use of SNS and students' academic performance. The survey questions (21) were grouped into 8 variables that identify the interest that the students draw from SNS. Furthermore, these variables aim to show the effects of SNS on students' academic performance and the futuristic online and offline paradigms that can enhance teaching methodology. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) was used to analyse the collected data and find correlations between SNS and the students' academic performance. From this research it was found that the SNS have positive and negative impacts on student academic performance. At the end, the authors came up with fruitful recommendations on how to get benefit from the SNS to improve the learning process.
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