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Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences >> Call for Papers Vol. 8 No. 3, March 2017

Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences

High School Students as Snappers and Instagramers, and Their Academic Performance

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Author Mahmoud Alatawi
ISSN 2079-8407
On Pages 174-178
Volume No. 7
Issue No. 4
Issue Date May 1, 2016
Publishing Date May 1, 2016
Keywords Social media, snap chat, instagram, academic attainment


Nowadays, the phenomenon of social media usage has been obvious among people from different generations. However, using social media has become very prevalent among students. This research focuses on the correlation between the frequent use of social media, especially Instagram and Snap chat, and Saudi high school students’ academic attainment. More specifically, it investigates the use and the amount of time devoted to using Snap chat and Instagram by the high school students. It also examines to what extent that amount of exposure to such social media influences the students’ academic achievement. The data of this study comes from Saudi high school students’ responses of the web-based questionnaire. The results of this study demonstrate that using Snap chat and Instagram has a positive influence on the academic attainment. Snap chat and Instagram can be employed to achieve academic purposes. However, such use also impacts negatively the students’ academic achievement. Addiction, absence from school, and coming late to school is examples of the negative consequences of using Snap chat and Instagram for long time. Additionally, the extensive use of Snap chat and Instagram results in having a low GPA. The less time students spend on using Snap chat and Instagram, a high GPA they can attain. Thus, the management of time that is spent on Snap chat and Instagram is considered as the most important factor to avoid a low academic performance.

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