The effects of social media addiction on reading practice: a survey of undergraduate students in China
Journal of Documentation
Purpose: The prevalence of digital reading and the widespread use of social media among young people demands systematic exploration of the effects of social media addiction on students' reading practice. This paper aims to explore the effects of social media addiction on reading preferences, in-depth reading and sustained attention. Design/methodology/approach: Survey and analysis methods are employed. Findings: For many, social media provides an ideal platform of connection and expression; however, prolonged social media use holds the danger of becoming a behavioral addiction that threatens to undermine one's reading practice. Social media use tends to have a more significant impact on leisure reading than on academic reading. Obsessive engagement with social media hurts reading concentration and in-depth reading. While a majority (70.4%) of those surveyed believed that chronic social media use carries more harm than good on their learning, only half (50.1%) agreed or strongly agreed that today's students are too indulged in social media and need forceful control of it. Originality/value: Implications of the effects of social media on reading practice are discussed, and directions for future research are suggested. It is likely that social media will continue to be seductive, attracting new generations of young people. Future research should explore prevention strategies.
Addiction, Behaviour, Reading, Social media, User studies
Ziming Liu, Rui Hu, and Xiaojun Bi. "The effects of social media addiction on reading practice: a survey of undergraduate students in China" Journal of Documentation (2023): 670-682. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-05-2022-0111