Manipal Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences


Background: Social Networking Sites (SNSs) such as Facebook and WhatsApp, etc. has a great influence on young minds across the globe. Nowadays, SNSs are one of the most growing media of communication among rural and urban adolescents. The study was conducted to assess the knowledge of adolescents on the impact of social networking in selected rural and urban schools, Bangalore. Objective: The objective was to compare and assess the level of knowledge of adolescents in selected urban and rural schools about the impact of social networking. Method: A descriptive study was conducted and structured knowledge questionnaire on the impact of social networking were administered on 120 students in rural and urban schools using a non-probability purposive sampling technique. The collected data were analysed by using descriptive and inferential statistics and interpreted in terms of objectives and hypothesis of the study. An independent t-test was done to compare rural and urban adolescents’ knowledge scores. Results: It was observed that the majority of the samples from rural (78.3%, 47 out of 60) and urban (53.3%, 32 out of 60) had inadequate knowledge regarding the impact of social networking. When a paired ‘t’ test was done to compare the knowledge scores, the obtained ‘t’ value 6.25 was found to be significant at 0.05 level. Conclusion: Social media plays a significant role in an adolescent’s day to day life; therefore, it is important to monitor their knowledge regarding social interactions and their impact on their academic performance, physical health and psychological health.

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