OPINIONS OF STUDENTS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORTS TEACHING ON THE USE OF SOCIAL NETWORK SITES
Because an important period of time of daily life has been spent on the Internet, the way people communicate has recently changed. One of the most important reasons for this change is social network sites (SNS). It can be seen that the most adhesive users of SNS in Turkey which have gained an increasing global quality are students. This descriptive study was made in order to determine the aims of 180 students who attend Sakarya University (SU) Physical Education and Sports Teaching Department (PESTD) in 2010 to use SNS, the duration they use SNS and their opinions on the credibility of SNS. Data were obtained through an interview and a questionnaire established by the researcher. They were evaluated by the program SPSS 15.0. In the statistical evaluation factor analysis, T-test, ANOVA and Chi-Square tests were implemented. At the end of the study, it was found that the participants use SNS mostly in order to learn what their friends are doing (66,7 %), to spend time (57,2 %), to be informed about sports organizations (55,6 %); and that they use the Internet to log in SNS (53,9 %) 1-2 hours (40,6 %) or less than 1 hour (24,4 %) a day. Moreover, it was found that SNS cause interference in their private lives (58,4 %); their negative effects are more than positive ones (46,2 %); and SNS are not safe (43,9 %). When results are evaluated generally, it can be said that the participants are conscious of SNS and the Internet.