NIGERIAN YOUTHâ€™S SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILE MANAGEMENT: PRACTICES AND PERPLEXING PROBLEMS
This paper is an attempt to determine the practices that Nigerian youth engage in and theÂ problems they encounter in managing their social media profiles. It adopts survey researchÂ design, with online questionnaire (powered by Surveycrest) as instrument for data collection.Â Research findings have clearly indicated that Nigerian youth have overwhelming presence in the numerous social media platforms that are now ubiquitous in the country. Nigerian youth createÂ and manage their social media profiles in sundry ways. They engage in practices like creation ofÂ multiple social media profiles, use of false social media identities, inclusion of personal data likeÂ surname, first name, birth date, business/school/residential address, email, telephone numbersÂ and so on. Among the reasons adduced by the Nigerian youth for maintaining multiple socialÂ media profiles and using false social media identities are security considerations, cover toÂ commit crimes and engage in illicit chats/activities, enhancing freedom of speech and wardingÂ off unwanted friends. There are some perplexing problems that plaque Nigerian youthâ€™s socialÂ media profile management. Such problems have been identified by the youth to include unsolicited dating, sexual requests by unknown â€œfriends,â€ unsolicited friends requests, amongÂ others.Â Â This paper recommends, among other things, that Nigerian youth should be adequately sensitized on the proper uses of the social media and there should be a communication/ICTÂ policy to regulate, but not to censor, the use of the New Media Technologies by Nigeria youth.