Destiny E. Agwanwo, Aristotle Isaac Jacobs


In contemporary societies, the information and communication technology/media has a lot of influence in shaping or reshaping the perception and actions of people toward positive or negative ends. This work, therefore, examined the power of the new media in relation to youth mobilization and insecurity in Nigeria. The study adopted the survey research design.  A sample size of one hundred and twenty (120) respondents were purposively chosen from both undergraduate and post-graduate students of the University of Port Harcourt and University of Benin. The study adopted Uses Gratification Theory (UGT) and Technological Determinism Theory (TDT) as the theoretical frameworks. Questionnaires and observations were used to elicit information. The collected data were analyzed using simple percentage. Findings from the analysis revealed that: (i) there is a relationship between the new media, youth mobilization and insecurity in Nigeria (ii) Facebook generates more insecurity situation than other social networks (iii) the new media aid the youths to be very conscious of their environment and thus influences their decisions (iv) the new media could serve as a tool for social change against corruption and bad governance. Based on the above findings, the following recommendations were made: (i) there is the need for transparency and good leadership in addressing the issues relating to the masses, (ii) there is the need for awareness campaign on the dangers of negative effects of the new media against national development


New Media, Youth, Youth Mobilization, Insecurity and Cyber Criminality.

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