Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1775

Full Length Research Paper

Impact of job searches on self-control at social media

  • Aliye MENEVŞE
  • Department of Couching Education, School of Physical Education and Sport, Istanbul Esenyurt University, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 01 February 2019
  •  Accepted: 30 April 2019
  •  Published: 10 May 2019


This study aims to investigate how job search affects self-control of students using social network. This study was conducted on students studying in different departments and  within the departments of Physical Education and Sports (BESB). A total of 600 students in the 21 ± 25 age group  participated in the employment questionnaire. The statistics of the data were evaluated using Chi-square analysis for the relationship between 0.05 significance level and categorical variables in SPSS 21 package program. According to the participants’ responses to the question "How much time do you spend on social media in a day?" it was observed that students in different departments (FB), (226 people, 75.3%) and BESB students (228 people, 76.0%) spend "6-10 h" daily on social media; whereas students of both departments (84.0%) used social networks intensively to seek employment. As regards the question ’’Do you think the human resources departments of companies should use social media to get ideas about the applicants in the recruitment process? “FB students (218 people, 72.7%) and PESB students (244 people, 81.3%) responded as "No"; and with the highest average score of X2 = 6.362; p = 0.012 < 0.05 there was a significant difference in the BESB section. Also, for the question ''Do you use social media for the job search?'', FB students (171 people, 57.0%) and BESB students (272 people, 90.7%) answered "yes" with the stated rates; with a significant difference among BESB students determined, X2 = 88.002; p = 0.000; < 0.05. Further, as regards ''Do you find social media useful in job search?'', FB students (180 people, 60.0%) and BESB students (287 people, 95.7%) replied "yes" at the stated rates; and a significant difference among BESB students has been detected, X2 = 88.002; p =0.000; <0.05. As a result, the participants stated that the time spent on social media for employment search or digital socialization activities (about 6-10 h a day) prevented them from socialising in other physical activities; they also indicated that they had implemented auto-control in compliance with university regulations and restrictions in their accounts. Also, they were worried about HR identifying their profile on the social networks. Therefore, it is thought that the candidates may exhibit a very different personality in the social media networks than their real-life personalities, and they even tend to share them according to the personality of the institution.


Key words: University student, employment, social network, self-control.