Social Media Use and Students’ Health-Lifestyle Modification in University of Calabar, Nigeria

  • Ntongha Eni Ikpi Department of Sociology, University of Calabar
  • Veronica Akwenabuaye Undelikwo

Abstract

The use of social media platforms has over the years become a veritable tool for individuals, groups, institutions and corporate bodies for the promotion of health and wellness. In recent times, social media has become one of the most potent agents of the media through which health issues are addressed as well as generated and disseminated to different populations in society. The study was conducted to examine social media use and students’ health lifestyle modification in the University of Calabar, Nigeria. It sought to determine the extent to which students’ use of social media (Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp) influences the modification of their health-related lifestyles such as eating habits, sexual behaviour, cigarette and alcohol consumption, drug use and the engagement in fitness activities. The study adopted a randomized descriptive survey design and used a sample of 300 undergraduate students. The questionnaire was the main instrument used for collection of data while simple percentages and means were used to determine the difference between the expected mean of 2.50 and the observed means across various items in the questionnaire. The results showed that apart from Twitter, social media use by University of Calabar students has significantly influenced the modification of their health lifestyles. Since social media has become a veritable tool for the promotion of positive health lifestyle, effort should be made by government through the health sector to create more awareness among students and the entire population of social media users, on the health benefits accruing from use of social media.
Published
Apr 30, 2019
How to Cite
IKPI, Ntongha Eni; UNDELIKWO, Veronica Akwenabuaye. Social Media Use and Students’ Health-Lifestyle Modification in University of Calabar, Nigeria. European Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, p. 47-54, apr. 2019. ISSN 2411-4138. Available at: <http://journals.euser.org/index.php/ejis/article/view/4322>. Date accessed: 07 aug. 2020. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.26417/ejis.v5i1.p47-54.