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Religious motives for using facebook among university muslim students

Shahnaz , Liza and Wok, Saodah (2011) Religious motives for using facebook among university muslim students. In: Seminar Kebangsaan Media dan Dakwah (SMED) 2011, 14 December 2011, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). (Unpublished)

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Facebook is now the most popular social networking site among Muslim youth since it is a great way to catch up with old friends, to get information, and to interact with others. So, it is encouraged that Muslims who become Facebook users to join the site with good intention such as to strengthen relationships with family members and friends, to build useful network, and to support an Islamic group. Therefore, this study tries to find out the motives for using Facebook among its users at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) based on the Uses and Gratifications Theory. The specific objectives of this study are: (1) to find out the characteristics of Facebook users among IIUM undergraduate students; (2) to find out the patterns of usage among Facebook users; (3) to find out the religious motive for using Facebook among IIUM undergraduate students; and (4) to find out the advantages and disadvantages of Facebook use among IIUM undergraduate students. This study used a survey research design. Descriptive statistics was employed to answer the research objectives. The results showed that the majority of IRKHS students are Facebook users. Many of them are extrovert Malaysian females, aged 22 years and above. They are heavy users of Facebook and highly connected with others. IRKHS students do use Facebook for religious motive. They use Faceboook mostly “to preach people to do good things”. They claim that Facebook is beneficial in maintaining relationships with others and for doing dakwah.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 2899/14171
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social networking site, Facebook, pattern of Facebook usage, religious motive for using Facebook, Muslim students
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H61.8 Communication of information
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Communication
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Saodah Wok
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2012 15:06
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 15:15
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/14171

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