INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL NETWORKING ON ACADEMIC
The future generation’s competency in the English language is highly dependent on the performance of our very own TESL students as they are the future English language teachers who must be efficacious to make all the difference. Hence, any issues that could jeopardize their performance can never be taken lightly. This research was carried out to investigate whether TESL students’ level of addiction to social networking sites (SNSs) influences their academic performance. A questionnaire was used to gather data from ninety-three Semester 8 TESL students from the Faculty of Education, UiTM Shah Alam. SPSS version 16.0 was used to analyse the data obtained. Despite the initial prediction that students’ addiction towards SNSs is interrelated with their academic performance, this study found that there is no significant relationship between the two aforementioned variables. The finding contradicts several other studies on the relationship between SNSs addiction and academic achievement.
Keywords: Social Networking Sites (SNSs), Internet Addiction and Academic Performance