Informal Reasons for using Social Networking sites (SNSs) in learning English Language and Students’ Self-Efficacy (SE)
This study aimed to explore what are the informal reasons that college students prefer to use SNSs in learning
English Language through self-efficacy theory to explain how using SNSs will affect students’ beliefs. The study used
questionnaire and collected data of 286 participants from Umm AL-Qura University. The findings clearly reflect that there is a
significant positive correlation between informal reasons for using SNSs and students’ SE. Multiple regression analysis
showed informal reasons for using SNSs has a positive effect on the students’ SE. The results suggest that using SNSs in the
enjoyable learning purposes for informal reasons will promote students’ SE.
Index Terms - SNS, self-efficacy, English Language, informal learning, college students.