AN ISLAMIC OVERVIEW OF THE ROLE OF SOCIAL NETWORKING ON YOUTH TOWARDS NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: A CASE STUDY OF FACULTY OF HUMANITIES NORTHWEST UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
The invention of social networking comes along with great advantages and has helped in turning the world into a global village. However, bringing the whole world together into communication has brought different civilizations, different ideologies, different upbringing, and different moral values into unison. This entanglement has its pros and cons. The youth, who have a great role in national building, have been affected as well and this is a threat to national development. Islam on the other hand has made newly invented things permissible apart from those prohibited for us. However, there are certain guidelines we must follow. This paper finds out the role played by Social Networking on youth which will eventually affect national development whether positively or otherwise as the youths are the building blocks of every society. The paper then attempts an Islamic evaluation of the findings looking at the Islamic standpoint on the issues raised. Questionnaires method of research was used to find out how the youth especially of the Faculty of Humanities, Northwest University Kano were affected by social networking especially regarding their use of time and productivity. The research finds out the advantages and disadvantages of social networking to the youth as well as the degree of the effects of social networking most especially with regard to the use of time and productivity of the youth of Faculty of Humanities, Northwest University Kano. Finally, recommendations are proffered on how to harmonize social networking with Islamic teachings.
|Keywords: Social Networking, Youth, National Development, Social Networking Sites, Nation Building|
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