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Students and the Risk of Virtual Relationships in Social Media
Published in Kassel University Press GmbH
Volume: 15
Issue: 21
Pages: 118 - 132
This study is aimed to analyze the risks of students’ virtual relationships in social media. The study's sample consisted of 200 students from the Ajman University (UAE). The study used a questionnaire survey to identify the risks of virtual relationships. It was found that virtual communication in social media is of moderate risk for youth. The study found that there are no relevant differences in risk assessment between genders. The respondents have distinguished risk groups that should be given priority attention. Among them were the reduction of real communication compared to virtual, diminishing the importance of communication with teachers, the danger of interference with users' personal data, and the lack of caution in the virtual communication process. The study offered recommendations to reduce the virtual communication risk through the cumulative effort of family and university, leisure-time activities, and awareness-rising classes.
About the journal
JournalInternational Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning
PublisherKassel University Press GmbH