IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON THE PEOPLE OF DELTA STATE IN THE PERIOD OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Keywords:Impact; Social Media; Covid-19
The paper x-rayed on impact of social media on the people of
Asaba in Delta State in the period of COVID-19. The
outbreak of corona virus, known as COVID -19 by the world
health organisation has thrown the global community into
fear and anxiety. In course of COVID-19, the use of social
media contributed in the dissemination of information and
information overload among individuals. Social media have
long been recognized as powerful forces shaping how we
experience the world and ourselves. The following subheadings
were discussed; concept of Coronavirus and
COVID- 19, challenges of Asaba people in the period of
COVID -19 pandemic, concept of social media, importance of
social media and impact of social media during COVID 19 to
Asaba people. The work emphasized the role social media
platforms which really contributed a lot to the people of
Asaba to gain information about COVID-19. The following
recommendation were made among others; a way to
encourage Asaba people productivity and students’ academic
efficacy during this COVID-19 pandemic. It is equally
important that government and school authorities checkmate
and regulate the use of social media among people of Asaba.
This would enhance in building on the positive use of social
networking sites such as joining students in group and
helping them meet other student groups online. By this, they
can bring to limelight the risks and benefits associated with
the use of the social sites and help students to overcome the vices behaviourassociated with these sites as well as
educating students on the best and most efficient ways of
using these sites to support learning.
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