Mr Babatunde Abdulkareem, Head of Department of Political Science, Kwara State College of Education, Oro, has cautioned youths in the country against addiction to social media as it can affect their academic performances.
Abdulkareem gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Saturday.
He said teenagers’ early exposure to social media might cause distraction to their studies and academic pursuit.
According to him, teenagers spend most of their time on internet access facilities like phone, computer set accessing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp instead of studying their books.
“Teenagers spend most of their time on phone without considering their books. They chat with friends and make video calls forgetting they need to read their books.
“They prefer to spend 24 hours on social media than sacrificing just 30 minutes for their books.
“That is why most teenagers’ academic performance has dropped drastically. They perform poorly because they don’t read again all in the name of chatting,” he said.
Abdulkareem also urged parents to checkmate their children by forcing them to read at the right time instead of pressing phones.
“Parents should stop over-pampering children. They should always ensure that children spend more time on their books instead of hanging out with friends on social media,” he advised.
The don also warned teenagers against abuse of social media, saying that it could cause distraction and lead to failure.