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Influence of the Internet on Interpersonal Communication among Youths in Nigeria

Aririguzoh, Stella (2017) Influence of the Internet on Interpersonal Communication among Youths in Nigeria. In: Communication, Governance and Sustainable Development in Nigeria. School of Communication, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, Lagos, pp. 258-269. (In Press)

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The use of the Internet has conferred many advantages to the modern man. Many young people use this technology regularly to either create or pass across messages. The survey research design was adopted in this study to find out why young people use the Internet; identify the places they use it and establish if their use of this medium has weakened their face-to-face or interpersonal communication. 180 undergraduates from a Nigerian university were the respondents to the copies of the questionnaire. Among other things, this study found that these undergraduates use the Internet primarily for communication, especially on the social media and in their rooms of residences. The undergraduates believe that the days were much longer when they cannot use the Internet. Most importantly, it appears as if their continuous use of the Internet is affecting their face-to-face communication. In other words, Internet use is causing a dearth in interpersonal communication, as most of the respondents prefer on line to off line and face-to-face communication. It becomes more worrisome when they feel that they can easily detach themselves from other media of communication, but not the Internet.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2017 02:12
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2017 02:12

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