Functions such as stating, questioning, requesting, and exclaiming can be performed by languages especially, English language. Social Media had done a lot of evil than good globally. This has in a great way affected the future of the youths. Many youths spend a lot of time chatting, posting, pinging, following, just to mention but a few. Hence, precious time was wasted doing unfruitful ventures. The study investigates how the future of our undergraduates could be reclaimed from destruction by Social Media and the relationship between language structures and socially constructed message coding in WhatsApp conversations among undergraduates in Elizade University. Six WhatsApp messages were forwarded from six respondents to the researcher’s phone after their consents have been given. Halliday’s theoretical framework (experiential function) revealed the actions that represent happenings outside the world (reality). On the other hand, the logical function of language revealed connectivity and relationship between clauses and clause types. Smileys and emoji functions were also revealed. This study recommends that: introverted students can discuss on WhatsApp with their lecturers. Lecturers should discourage the use of short-forms in note-making but encourage it in note-taking. Assignments and quizzes can be given to undergraduates on WhatsApp platform. Time wastage by undergraduates on social media is minimized if educational purposes/usages are fulfilled.
Abosede Adebola Otemuyiwa, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Nigeria
Stream: Humanities - Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication
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