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An Investigation of the Influence of Social Media on Cybercrime among Undergraduates in Tertiary Institutions: A study of Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro

Kowiat, Titilayo Adeoye & Saidat, Omobolanle Yusuf, Volume 5 Issue 1, July 2024 Pages 56-67, Published: 2024-04-24


The widespread usage of social media in recent years has changed how people engage, communicate, and carry out different activities on the internet. Social media platforms provide a lot of advantages, such as networking possibilities, information sharing, and connection, but they also come with a lot of drawbacks, especially when it comes to cybercrime. Undergraduate students at postsecondary institutions are among the groups most impacted by this phenomenon. This statement attempts to explore the intricate connection between cybercrime and social media use in this population, stressing the causes, impacts, and proposed remedies to lessen its negative effects. The structured survey was divided into many sections to ensure the collection of dependable data from the participants. Throughout each segment, targeted inquiries were directed towards the chosen participants. The initial portion employed data analysis to assess the extent to which undergraduate students utilising social media platforms are vulnerable to cybercrime. The subsequent section examines the elements that often contribute to the behaviour of undergraduate students at Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro. A total of 400 students were selected as participants for this study.