Students’ Social Media Access, Sources, and Reasons for Utilization: Basis for Integration in the Curriculum
Keywords:social media, devices, access, internet sources, curriculum integration
This study investigated access through devices, internet sources, and reasons for using social media among purposively selected students in a tertiary education institution in Cebu, Philippines. This mixed qualitative-quantitative study used a survey and interview to gather data. The study found that the top three access devices were android phones, desktop computers in internet cafés, and personal laptops. In contrast, the top three internet sources were smartphone data plans, Wi-Fi connections in internet cafes, restaurants, coffee shops, etc., and Wi-Fi connections in school. The top reason for using social media was to get news and information and to learn about significant events, people, and places. It was concluded that the students were highly engaged in social media using their devices. Internet access allowed them to perform tasks in their accounts for several reasons. The findings can serve as the basis for technology and social media integration in the curriculum.
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