The Reasons for Non-Use of Social Networking Websites by University Students

Turan, Zeynep and Tinmaz, Hasan and Goktas, Yuksel The Reasons for Non-Use of Social Networking Websites by University Students. Comunicar, 2013, vol. 21, n. 41, pp. 137-145. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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Although social networking websites (SNSs, especially Facebook) have become highly popular with youths, some university students do not want to participate in such sites. This study explores the underlying reasons for hightech university students’ non-use of social networking websites. The study group (n=20) consisted of 18 to 25yearold undergraduate students, who were selected by the purposive sampling method. Data were collected from two large state universities in Turkey. Facebook, as one of the most popular social networking websites, was selected as a study context. Qualitative research methods were used in the data collection and analysis processes. The primary reasons for not using social networking websites were that they were perceived to be a waste of time, or an unnecessary tool; that they might lead to an addiction; that they might violate privacy concerns or share unnecessary information; and that they might invoke family concerns. Additionally, the findings indicated that most of the students did not trust virtual friendships, and did not like sharing photographs and political views online. This identification of non-user students’ attitudes about SNSs will help us to better understand individual perceptions and experiences relating to these social services.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Social networking websites, Facebook, university students, dilemmas, social media, social services
Subjects: C. Users, literacy and reading.
C. Users, literacy and reading. > CD. User training, promotion, activities, education.
Depositing user: Alex Ruiz
Date deposited: 03 Aug 2013 23:49
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:26
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/19786

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