Title: Extensive use of online social networks: a qualitative analysis of Iranian students' perspectives

Authors: Elham Akbari

Addresses: Department of Educational Science, Tarbiat Modares University, Nasr, Jalal AleAhmad, Tehran, I.R. Iran

Abstract: In accordance with media dependency theory, the greater people's dependence on the media, the more important its role in their social lives. The research sample included 65 Iranian university students, with in-depth interviews used to collect data. The results demonstrated that students spent excessive time on online social networks, especially at the time of social and political events. Students perceived that these networks had both advantages and disadvantages. They argued that their belief systems were changing and that they faced new experiences. Moreover, a discrepancy was identified between Iranian users and users in other parts of the world in terms of their preferred social network and its function: Telegram was the most popular social network and none of the participants mentioned the educational function of these sites.

Keywords: dependency; dependency theory; extensive use; media; online social networks; student.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2019.101043

International Journal of Web Based Communities, 2019 Vol.15 No.2, pp.196 - 207

Received: 30 Jan 2019
Accepted: 20 Feb 2019

Published online: 22 Jul 2019 *

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