Abstract—The purposes of this study are 1) to find out the amount of time the students spend on the Internet per day, and 2) to study the social media-based activities most frequently conducted in English by the students. Samples include 78 3rd year students in English Major, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok, Thailand. Data was collected by using a questionnaire. The statistics employed include percentage, Mean, and S.D. The research discloses that most of the students spend the average of 6-8 hours per day surfing the Internet followed by more than 8 hours, 4-6 hours, 2-4 hours, and less than 2 hours respectively. Moreover, social media-based activities most frequently conducted in English by the students in high level with the average of 6-8 hours per day include watching cartoon with English soundtrack from websites, using online dictionary to solve linguistic problems, reading comments in English from blogs and forums, and watching entertainment and documentaries with English soundtrack from websites. It can be concluded that social media supports autonomous learning in English based on learners’ interest at any place and any time depending on their self- regulations, and encouragement from classroom instruction.
Index Terms—Internet users, social media, social media-based activities, students’ time consumption.
The authors are with Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Bangkok, Thailand (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Chaiwat Tantarangsee, Nithiwadee Kosarussawadee, and Aungkana Sukwises, "The Impact of Social Media on Students' Time Consumption outside the Classroom," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 7, no. 10, pp. 753-757, 2017.