What are South Africa's students addicted to?

South Africa’s students are addicted to social media – but are almost unanimous that it enhances both their academic and social lives. In fact, they believe it may even help them during exam time.This was the key finding of the SA High-tech Student 2013 research study, released today by World Wide Worx and Student Brands. The study, conducted among all universities and colleges across South Africa, included interviews with 1435 students.

Well over half – 59% – said they were addicted to social media. However, only 16% said they were very addicted – but only 18% said they were definitely not addicted. Instant messaging (IM) has similar appeal to students: 62% said they were addicted, of which 22% said they were highly addicted to the quick fix of quick chat.

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