Social Media Influence to the Life of Malaysian Pre-University Students

  • Chen Yeong Sheng Genius@Pintar National Gifted Centre, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Nureen Hawanie Noresafendy Genius@Pintar National Gifted Centre, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Wong Loke Yee Genius@Pintar National Gifted Centre, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Muadz Hazhar Genius@Pintar National Gifted Centre, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.
  • Faieza Samat Genius@Pintar National Gifted Centre, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.
Keywords: Social media usage, Social life, Physical health, Influence

Abstract

This study is aimed to investigate the usage and influence of social media to the life of a group of Malaysian pre-university students. Instrument of this study involved a set of closed-ended and open-ended questionnaires that were distributed online to 123 students of the ASASIpintar pre-university program in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The results showed that the students used social media as an entertainment mainly when they were bored. Even though most of the students felt that social media impacted them positively rather than negatively, 55.3% of them claimed that their eyes were not in a good condition after spending hours on social media while 12.2% had lack interaction with parents due to the usage of social media. Besides that, 52% of the students used social media more than seven times daily and 66.7% agreed that the social media had helped them with their studies. In conclusion, social media was a valuable tool for the students to kill their free time and helped them with their studies. However, the usage of social media should be monitored to avoid its negative influence to the students’ social life and physical health.

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Published
2022-08-27
How to Cite
Sheng, C., Noresafendy, N. H., Yee, W., Hazhar, M. and Samat, F. (2022) “Social Media Influence to the Life of Malaysian Pre-University Students”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 7(8), p. e001654. doi: 10.47405/mjssh.v7i8.1654.
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