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Exploring the Usage of Social Networking Websites: Perceptions and Opinions of Romanian University Students


  • Dragos Daniel IORDACHE


  • Vincentas LAMANAUSKAS



Social networking websites (SNWs) have become a popular virtual meeting place allowing users to voluntarily post personal information, send and receive message, stay connected online with their offline friends and new online friends, or share photos, videos, bookmarks, blogs, private messages and join groups. People are spending ample amount of time on social networking websites such as You Tube, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Hi5 etc., and this high usage has also brought changes in the way people behave. These social networking websites present a variety of features for their users to facilitate socialization. This paper presents the results of a study aiming to identify the Romanian student opinions regarding SNWs. The main findings of this study are: the most frequently visited and most popular social networks among Romanian student are You Tube and Facebook; the majority of the respondents use social networking websites a few times a day; only a small part of the respondents know how social networking websites use published and other type of information; the usage of SNWs is related with the usage of computers and internet. Also the most important functions of SNWs for Romanian student are: communication (including communication in interest groups), learning and exchanging information, exchanging photo, video, friend search and texting.

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  • Dragos Daniel IORDACHE & Vincentas LAMANAUSKAS, 2013. "Exploring the Usage of Social Networking Websites: Perceptions and Opinions of Romanian University Students," Informatica Economica, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 17(4), pages 18-25.
  • Handle: RePEc:aes:infoec:v:17:y:2013:i:4:p:18-25

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    1. Gabriel ZAMFIR, 2011. "Theoretical and Factual Meaning in Assisted Instruction," Informatica Economica, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 15(2), pages 94-106.
    2. Gabriel ZAMFIR, 2012. "Concepts Map Approach in e-Classroom," Informatica Economica, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 16(3), pages 124-135.
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