Dr. Oyeyemi Sunday O, Dr. Akinkuotu, Foluke Abimbola, Adeyemo Eniola Abioye, Aremu Victoria Iyabo
The rise in popularity of YouTube has made the use of short video clips as medium of awareness, instruction and entertainment. However, questions still remain on how efficiently has YouTube been utilized as a learning tool as well as students’ perceptions of its use. A significant portion of users spend time on YouTube downloading and watching home videos neglecting potentially educational videos that improve their study habits. The study examined Impact of YouTube Usage on Study Habits of Tertiary Institution Students and Academic Performance in Lagos State, Nigeria. Two research questions and two hypotheses were raised to guide the study. A Questionnaire on YouTube Impact on Students Study habits and Academic performance was used to collect the data. The instrument was validated through face and construct validity while the Cronbach alpha reliability method was used to obtain a reliability correlation co-efficient of 0.71. The instrument was administered on 200 students purposively selected from the Computer Science departments of three State-owned tertiary institutions in Lagos State, Nigeria. The study employed descriptive survey research design. The result showed that the two null hypotheses were rejected on the basis that there was a significant relationship between the usage of YouTube for leisure and academic purposes. The study consequently recommends relative orientation on when and how to manage YouTube by tertiary students in Lagos, Nigeria. Effort should be made to discourage non-academic usage of YouTube in and outside. Again, students must endeavour to use more of their time in reading their books than watching videos on YouTube. Finally, the campaign on the adverse impact of YouTube must be intensified to inform tertiary students in Lagos, Nigeria about the negative impact on academic performance and consequently their future academic development and career.