Date

3-2011

Degree Name

BS in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration

Department

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Department

Advisor(s)

Jeff Jacobs

Abstract

The emergence of Internet has created a seemingly endless portal for leisure activity and participation; since the establishment of social media technology, leisure time spent online has been on the rise. The purpose of this study was to examine how social media technology has impacted the way people allocate and pursue their personal leisure time. This researcher of this study distributed an online questionnaire to current undergraduate students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo through convenience sampling methods. The questionnaire was comprised of three sections: SNS usage, smart phone usage, and the impact of that usage on specific areas of the subjects’ daily life. Correlations exist between the average amount of time spent on SNS and the impact on users’ ability to complete a task. Future research needs to be conducted to assess necessary measures needed to prevent the risks associated with social media technology use.