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Nigerian Youths, the Internet and our Awfully Misplaced Priorities

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Nigerian Youths, the Internet and our Awfully Misplaced Priorities

The development of any human being starts in the home — the family. When a child is born, he begins to develop and it is the responsibility of the parents to give the child a good moral training for proper mental development by all human standard. When this is lacking at home, it will only take the grace of God for such a child to be responsible in the society.

According to tradingeconomics.com, Nigerian Youths Unemployment Rate increased to 24 percent in the second quarter of 2016 from 21.50 percent in the first quarter of 2016. Nigerian Youths Unemployment Rate averaged 17.51 percent from 2014 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 24.00 percent in the second quarter of 2016 and a record low of 11.70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014.

One would wonder why it is higher now more than before. Simple — the internet. Our use of the internet in Nigeria is so horrible that one begins to think if there’s a special curse the inventors laid on the technology they brought to Nigeria and to Nigerians.

In year 2000, the internet was introduced into Nigeria and since then, the number of internet users on Nigeria’s telecoms networks has hit 97.21 million according to Premium Times. That is more than half of the nations population. And the number of youths that use the internet is over 25 percent of the total number.

It is true that prior to the introduction of the internet, communication over a distance was comparatively difficult. And the advent of the social media has made communication become even more possible, as one can conveniently communicate with anyone at anytime irrespective of the distance. Umekachikelu in 2013, affirmed that “it is amazing that with a click one passes information to thousands of people in a second. This is the power of social media”. It has made business, politics and social life effortless and easy. This is further accelerated by the fact that these social media sites are accessible with mobile smart phones, anywhere and at anytime.

However, amidst all sociological benefits, social media have regrettably contributed to moral degeneration and decadence among youths in several countries, including Nigeria. This, no doubt, stems from the gross obsession with and abuse of these social networking sites. (Onah and Nche, 2014).

Lenhart et al (2010) have observed that; Almost two-thirds (63%) of all adolescents use the internet to go online at least once a day. For those youth who go online, social media use is high-nearly three-quarters (73%) use a social networking site such as Facebook or MySpace; 38% share content online such as photos, videos or art work; and 14% blog. Additionally, three-quarters (75%) of all teens have a cell phone, with 88% using them to text message, 64% to exchange pictures, and 23% to access social networking sites.

With this record, you will agree that social media usage has become so common among the youths, that it has become unfashionable to engage oneself in at least one of the social networking sites. So many Nigerians are so carried away by it that all they have been able to achieve from it is being “A group admin” either on Facebook, Whatsapp, Telegram, or BBM.

It would be a great thing, in fact the best thing that could happen to any Nigerian youth if these groups they belong to is helping to shape their life, career and future. But no, they delight in sharing fake stories and peoples’ nudes. A girl who shares her bare breasts and buttocks will have more likes and comments, than a post which is targeted towards informing them of the need to take advantage of their future.

Let me ask you, you that is reading this post right now, have you not seen a ladies nude before? Why is it causing you distractions at this time you should be planning your future? You do not have more than 24 hours in a day oh. The successful individuals you see around, or read about or hear about, also have same number of hours a day as you. So I ask again, have you not seen a ladies nude before? And ladies have you not seen a guys 6 pack before? Did I hear you say you haven’t? Then you haven’t met or listened to Iyanya’s songs. He shows off his 6 pack for free.

The onus is on Nigerian youths to take charge of your future. Get out of that group that is not favourable to your destiny and begin to develop your life. If you think there’s always a tomorrow to begin then you need to see this (Click Me) and after decide what you want. Good Luck!!!

I am the Founder and President of Young Leaders Arena. Formerly I was the Chief Editor and program co-ordinator at Walktall. Author of the upcoming Book; Success Recipe: Start up Tool-kit for exceptional business growth. I have written numerous articles on both leadership, business start up, entrepreneurship. I have served as thought leader in many societies and organisations, including the Forum on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. I obtained my post graduate from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt. I also have a Bachelors from the Delta State University, Abraka. Twitter & Instagram: @Charlessholokwu

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