The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that allows users to share information and communicate with each other. It is also a tool for research and learning.

The Internet was originally used to share information and communicate via email. However, its use has since expanded to include social networking sites. These sites were created to help people stay in touch with friends and family, make new friends, and have fun. They have also become marketplaces and educational platforms in recent years.

Social media has become an integral part of the lives of students today. While it offers various benefits, there are also potential dangers associated with its use, especially in terms of academic performance. Studies have shown that students who spend too much time on social networking sites are more likely to have lower grades. This is because they may neglect their studies in favour of spending time on social media.

Meanwhile, social networking sites were created for leisure time, but many Nigerian students will be online when their teachers are teaching them. Consequently, they don’t have enough time to study for exams because they spend the majority of their time chatting. It is worth noting that teenagers are now the primary users of these social networking sites, doing many unimaginable things.

As a result of their addiction to social networking sites, many Nigerian students lose interest in reading. Additionally, some hardworking students have become lazy due to negative influences from their peers on these platforms.

Furthermore, it is unfortunate that many Nigerian students have been introduced to examination malpractice (exam runz) through social networking sites. This prevalence of exam malpractice has significantly contributed to the decline in Nigeria’s education standards. Consequently, there is a high number of certified illiterates in the country.

Here are some tips for Nigerian students who want to use social networking sites without compromising their academic performance:

• Join educational groups on social media to learn from each other.

• Only log in to social media during your leisure time.

• Set a time limit for yourself each day for using social media.

• Avoid using social media when you should be studying or doing homework.

• Focus on your studies and don’t let social media distract you.

By following these tips, you can use social networking sites to your advantage without letting them ruin your academic performance.