SOCIAL MEDIA LITERACY OF THAI STUDENTS IN DIGITAL AGE

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Nakrob Narksuwan

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This article aimed to observe to know whether students who used social media on a regular basis had awareness of the social media. The qualitative data were collected from the discussions with 70 First to Second year students at Dusit Thani College. Social media concepts and media literacy were the fundamental concepts for creating the questions of inquiries. It was found that the students were aware of most social media in the following aspects: 1. Know how to use social media in a variety of ways. For example, quickly and variously in searching for study and work-related resources, meeting with social groups that shared the same interests, relieving stress by enjoying entertainment media.  2. Able to analyze information displayed on online media whether to be credible or deceptive in any ways. For example, not trusting information from the same single source, not accessing, or using information from websites with exaggerated and biased information, and ignoring websites asking for unnecessary personal information. 3. Know the benefits and harms of using too much social media, such as saving cost and time for communication with others, and quickly obtaining information. As for the harmful effects, it could ruin relationship with people around them if they are too obsessed with the social media. It could cause distortion in the use of Thai language in using incorrect grammar or using language to deceive or abuse others, for instance. It could lead to the result of academic decline. Furthermore, staring at the screen of devices for long periods of time could damage their eyesight.

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Narksuwan , N. . . (2021). SOCIAL MEDIA LITERACY OF THAI STUDENTS IN DIGITAL AGE. Dusit Thani College Journal, 15(1), 490–502. Retrieved from https://so01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/journaldtc/article/view/247464
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