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Effects of Adolescents Exposure to Sexual Contents on Social Media in Nigeria

Amoo, Emmanuel O. and Adetoro, Gbemisola and Olawole-Isaac, A. (2013) Effects of Adolescents Exposure to Sexual Contents on Social Media in Nigeria. In: Paper No. 203, Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings, 22nd International Business Information Management Conference (IBIMA), ISBN: 978-0-9860419-1-4., November 2013, ROME, ITALY.

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Abstract

The study examined the effects of adolescents’ exposure to sexual contents as available in the social media. Data was gathered among 305 literates adolescents using quantitative structured face-to-face interviews. They were distributed using Nigerian age-sex ratio of 51 and 49 between male and female respectively. The study locations consist of densely populated urban areas in Lagos metropolis, Nigeria. The locations were chosen due to high proportion of adolescents in the areas according to the country’s census results. Data were analysed using univariate and multivariate analyses. Common social media identified among the respondents includes Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram and LinkedIn. The result also revealed that users of social media in age group 10-14 years are 4.614 times more likely to be exposed to sexual activity at P-value = 0.000. Adolescent users of social media with primary education are 26.953 times more likely to be involved in sexual activity (P-value = 0.000). Those who use social media like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram are 6.932, 4.630, 3.566 and 2.682 times (respectively) more likely to be exposed to sexual activity compared to their counterparts that use other forms of media. The paper posits that it is inimical not to monitor adolescents’ exposure to sexual contents and censor the scenes available on social media gadgets. The study recommends that sexuality education must be popularised in order to stem the risk of HIV/AIDS among the group studied.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Emmanuel O. Amoo
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2015 07:54
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2016 15:03
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/4021

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