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Social Media’s Relationship to STD Knowledge

Anaiya Cromartie and Ashley Hatcher


Department of Journalism and Mass Communication Discussion
North Carolina A&T State University ● Disclaimer: Due to the complexity of our
research our sample was only conducted using
a percentage of our actual data .Of the 41
Methods questions asked in the survey only around 7
● We posted a survey for participants to questions per section were used in finding the
complete anonymously via the Qualtrics results.
Introduction ● Because our results had such a high
software.
● Social Media has ● We utilized a convenience sample to gather significance value, we can imply that
transformed into a way to participants (college-age students attending our two forms of measurement do not
correlate. Which means our hypothesis
entertain, gain exposure, some form of university preferably an
HBCU). was rejected due to the significant value
publicize, and gain

Results being so high (.937) compared to a .15
knowledge on current Of the 49 participants 47 people completed ● Our hypothesis states the more people significance value.
the survey on their knowledge of STD health
events. and social media engagement (to what extent
interact on social media regarding the STD ● From this, we can conclude that just
● Now days very few people discussion the more knowledgeable about because someone is knowledgeable
they use their social media platforms).
use social media as a STD health. about STD health does not mean they
● Because we wanted a majority African ● The results suggested that 43 people engage in its discussion on social media
platform for health American sample we asked participants their
answered questions about STDs. With 4.00 or even the reverse. Just because
knowledge particularly ethnicity. Of the sample surveyed, 43
being the minimum score they could receive
(91.5%) were black, 2 (4.3) were someone is engaged in social media
STD knowledge. and 9.00 being the maximum score they discussions does not mean they know
Hispanic/Latino, 1 (2.1%) was Caucasian
could receive. On average, they got 7.65 (SD much about STD health.
and 1 (2.1%) was other.
= 1.19). ● What can be taken away from this study
● We proceeded to ask participants what type
● When it came to measuring social media is that STD health is a topic that needs
Hypothesis of university they attended and if they used
engagement on STD health. The results
social media before they proceeded to the more awareness on social media,
The more HBCU students are engaged suggested that the mean score was 4.65 with especially in the African American
with STD discussion on social media, rest of the survey (graph not pictured of
a Standard Deviation of .83. community.
which 100% answered yes). Of the sample
the more likely they will get a better ● The results suggested that the two variables ● With the results of this survey we can
42 (89.4%) attend an HBCU, 4 (8.5%) attend
knowledge of STD health. are not significantly correlated (r = .01, p = . find ways to collaborate with programs
a PWI, and 1 (2.1%) attend another form
94). on STD health and bring more
college i.e. trade school or community ● Because our results had such a high awareness on the topic to social media;
college. significance value, we can imply that our two allowing people the space and
forms of measurement do not correlate. opportunity for open discussions and
engagements