AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE CONSEQUENCES OF EXCESSIVE BROWSING OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND ITS IMPLICATIONS ON THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM ( EDUCATION PROJECT TOPICS AND MATERIALS)
The purpose of this project is to investigate consequences of excessive browsing of social media and its implications on the educational system of some selected secondary schools in Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Ogun State. In the process of carrying out this research work, some research questions were raised and answered one hundred (100) copies of questionnaire were distributed among secondary schools students in Abeokuta South Local Government Area of Ogun State. The questionnaire contains 20 strutted statements. The responses of the respondent were analysed using simple percentage. The researcher urged government to enlighten the students on the usage of educative site and the benefit that the many have in using the internet. Provision should be made for public enlightenment on the benefits of encouraging the students in carrying out investigation based on education.
1.1 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
Reading is one of the oldest habits of human civilization. It has been the passion of the greatest personalities of all times. One of the first documentary sources for reading was manuscript, however, accessible only to the elite class of society. Later, the arrival of the Gutenberg printing press ended such discrimination by making the printed word available to all the Gutenberg printing press brought drastic changes to the fundamentally oral society of the day. It was certainly a great jump in the humanity’s onward march to the reading society.
The emergence of the excessive browsing of social media has created an extraordinary change in the educational system. It has made its existence, fully or partially, in the reading is no longer confined to the print reading. The scope of reading sources has changed drastically in the social media revolution to include websites, webpages, e-books, e-journals, chatrooms e-papers email, discussion boards, instant messaging, blogs wikis, and other multimedia documents. Now the potential reader can access and browse the online information from the whole web while using his/her terminal at home.
The hypertext and hypermedia technologies allow the e-readers to go from one page to another by selecting links in various directions popularly known as surfing. The term surfing of internet was first used by Jean Armour polly in 1992 and defined it as “browsing the internet while going from one page to another, the internet surfing enables to navigate a world full of interconnected information, discover new sites, read-up-to-date information, and download things from internet. Surfing the internet has become a daily routine of the new generation. The present generation especially the college students are well versed with the new technologies and their application in present network society. It has been observed that the internet has fixed deep roots in lives of the new generations students than all other technological innovations. In the world is of the opinion that the young generation who have more experience with computers and grow up with this technology will reveal different attitude toward reading in digital environment.