Student Willingness to Use Social Networks

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Todd Hooper, Kwansei Gakuin University

With the growing ubiquity of social network services (SNSs) such as Facebook and Twitter, educators have been excited by the opportunity for authentic social interaction in English that such services may provide for their students. However, are students equally as excited? In this study I explored whether students were willing to use SNSs as part of an English course. Nearly half of all participants reported that they were not willing to do so. The primary concerns of the participants about SNS use are examined and recommendations for how to address these concerns are discussed.