This research project was carried out by Vuyisile Hlatshwayo, national director of Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland). The layout of the report was designed by MISA-Swaziland’s advocacy officer, Phakama Shili
With the advent of social media in Swaziland, young people have been afforded an opportunity to access, share and exchange information and ideas freely. This research project was spurred by the raging debate about the effects of social media on school performance, especially by the youth, ensued after the disastrous Swaziland Junior Certificate (JC) results in the beginning of 2012.
It examines the youth usage of the social media. It focuses mainly on the impact of the social media on their everyday lives. MISA Swaziland conducted a research to 100 young social media users aged between 10 and 24. They were drawn from the different four regions of the country. This study concludes that the young people use the social media for social networking and sharing information. This popular social activity among the youth has its own benefits and disadvantages. There is an urgent need to inculcate best practices of social media among the youth and teach them how to use it as a tool of learning.