Effect of Social Media Use on Drug Abuse among Youths in Nigeria: Implications for Youth Education
Substance abuse has become a major problem at different levels, ranging from personal, national to global levels, and lack of research has set back progress in trying to address this public health concern. It is a major problem because the celebrities and personalities who accept to be used for advertisements or promotions for industries may not understand the long term effect of substance abuse such as depression, queer behaviour, sexual and domestic violence. Meanwhile, substance use is rampant and often glorified by celebrities on social media. There have been reports of social media being used as a strategy for selling drugs, with hashtags facilitating the process of pairing buyers with sellers. As such, it is believed that because celebrities promote drugs and alcohol use on social media sites by making smoking and drinking seem like fun, young people who see such messages are often encouraged to experiment with the same products. Accordingly, social media have become a source of exposure to two different sources of influence associated with youth alcohol use and peer alcohol behaviour and adverting, with far-reaching effects. This informed this research which aimed to ascertain the effect of social media use on drug abuse, with special focus on the implications for youth education.
Keywords: Drug abuse, social media and youths
HOW TO CITE
Eze Chidinma Esther (2023).Effect of Social Media Use on Drug Abuse among Youths in Nigeria: Implications for Youth Education.IAA Journal of Management 10(1):20-26.