Title: BARRIERS TO SOCIAL NETWORK SITE (SNS) USE IN EDUCATION

Year of Publication: 2012
Page Numbers: 348-358
Authors: Alan Weber
Conference Name: The International Conference on Computing, Networking and Digital Technologies (ICCNDT2012)
- Bahrain

Abstract:


Social Networking Sites (SNSs), particularly Facebook, which has captured the largest market share, continue to grow in popularity. Approximately ¾ of all online adults maintain at least one social network profile. The growing sophistication and capabilities of SNSs coupled with low or free costs will inevitably make these sites more attractive as a medium of instruction and information dissemination for educational institutions, particularly those with restricted budgets or in developing nations. However, with the exception of a small handful of sites such as Edmodo, SNSs were not specifically designed for educational purposes and key concerns of privacy, trust, and security remain with respect to these Web 2.0 interactive technologies. Also, the usefulness of SNSs as an educational medium has been called into question, as their current main uses may be primarily recreational or commercial.