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Title: Impact of social media usage on students’ academic performance before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka
Authors: Mohamed Mufassirin, M. M.
Rifkhan Ahamed, M. I.
Mohamed Hisam, M. S.
Mohamed Fazil, Mansoor
Keywords: Academic Performance
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Social Media
Issue Date: 23-Jun-2023
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Citation: Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication, 2023: pp. 1-22
Abstract: Purpose – Restrictions imposed on freedom of movement and interaction with others due to the COVID-19 pandemic have had the effect of causing many people, especially students, to become addicted to social media. This study aims to investigate the effect of social media addiction on the academic performance of Sri Lankan government university students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Design/methodology/approach – A convenience sampling technique was used to conduct a quantitative cross-sectional survey. The survey involved 570 respondents from nine state universities in Sri Lanka. The raw data from the completed questionnaires were coded and processed using SPSS for descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. Findings – The findings of this study indicated that the overall time spent on social networking increased dramatically during COVID-19. Based on the results, this study found that there was no association between the time spent on social media and the academic performance of students before COVID-19 came on the scene. However, a significant association was found between the time spent on social media and students’ performance during the pandemic. The authors concluded that overblown social media use, leading to addiction, significantly negatively affects academic performance. Originality/value – This study helps to understand the impact of social media use on the academic performance of students during COVID-19. Restrictions imposed by COVID-19 have changed the typical lifestyle of the students. Therefore, social media usage should be reassessed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings of the study will comprise these new insights, and they may well show how to adapt social media to contribute to academic work in meaningful ways.
ISSN: 2514-9342
Appears in Collections:Research Articles

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