Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا


Social networking, identity and sexual behaviour of undergraduate students in Nigerian universities

Williams Ezinwa Nwagwu
Africa Regional Center for Information Science, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and Department of Information Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

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Purpose – The purpose of this study was to examine how the identity of undergraduates who use social networking sites in selected Nigerian universities in uences the prediction of their sexual behaviour.
Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire survey was used to collect data from 388 students from three public universities in Nigeria.
Findings – Sex and age exerted suf cient in uence on the youth’s sexual behaviour, but the identity variables seemed only to increase the tendency of younger males to form intimate relationship with partners. Speci cally, young males who maintain high level of social relationships have a high tendency of developing intimate relationship with partners.
Research limitations/implications – This study that deployed identity variables provides wide-ranging information on how identity moderates sexual behaviour in the presence of traditional predictors of demographic characteristics and social networking.
Practical implications – This study demonstrates that identity has a very strong in uence of the predictive power of sex and age on sexual behaviour.
Originality/value – This study is the rst that examined sexual behaviour, identity and social networking together.
Keywords Electronic media, Internet, Social networking, Social media, Nigeria, Computers, Sexual behaviour
Paper type Research paper




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