Facebook usage by students in higher education


  • Nathalie Wesseling




Facebook, Student Success, Higher Education, Social Network Site, Integration Theory, Engagement


In this paper I measure first year student Facebook usage as part of a broader PhD study into the influence of social media usage on the success of students in higher education. A total of 906 students were asked to complete 3 surveys on Facebook usage with their peers, for two consecutive years (2011-2012 and 2012-2013). The different purposes for Facebook usage, in addition to whether or not students used (self-created) Facebook-groups, were measured and the relationship between the use of pages compared to the purpose of Facebook usage. This resulted in significant correlations between the purpose of Facebook usage and the use of different pages, as well as correlations between the purpose and use of different pages. This study hereby explores the variation in student Facebook usage and provides valuable insight into the potential value of Facebook for students in an educational setting, without the interference of teachers. It is also the next logical step in revising existing integration and engagement theories that predict student success in higher education in contemporary society.


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How to Cite

Wesseling, N. (2024). Facebook usage by students in higher education. South Florida Journal of Development, 5(4), e3834. https://doi.org/10.46932/sfjdv5n4-011