Social media as the learning platform of power in Thai university students

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Chon NeVille
Patcharin Sirasoonthorn


This study explored the social phenomena of how Thai students have become accustomed to using and misusing social media (i.e. Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) in order to learn social thoughts and behaviors. It appears as if this generation of students has become very reliant on these social media platforms as a means of expression and learning, which is resulting in power. The social learning platforms of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are becoming platforms of social learning which results in power. This qualitative study was designed to find out how 3 social media platforms are contributing to the social learning power of Thai university students and how these three platforms, media literacy, and social learning are related. The researchers wanted to explore the perceptions of power and social learning amongst Thai university students, and why students are using Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as modes of communication and learning platforms. This study is important for Thai students to raise awareness of how influential social media has become, and important for instructors to potentially harness social media as a teaching tool. 52 Thai university students were interviewed using FB messenger and cleary that these 3 platforms have become places where students learn social behaviors and where they can express themselves with proper media literacy skills.


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