REVISTA DE TRANSMISION DEL CONOCIMIENTO EDUCATIVO Y SALUD (TRANCES)
Volumen: 8, Numero: 1, Páginas:  P.
Human beings are social by nature, and therefore, they feel the need for contact among individuals; this is the basic principle underlying the rise to so-called social networking on the Internet. A cross sectional descriptive study, whose population consisted of 209 tenth grade students of basic Education of Riobamba Unit from September to June of 2015, out of which a sample of 108 students was taken through a non-probabilistic criteria based sampling - was conducted. The purpose was to describe the use of social networks by the studied sample. The instruments used allowed to observe that most of the students use social networks once or twice a week for half an hour, and that they predominantly use Facebook; there were predominant respondents whose information about the advantages and disadvantages of social networking was rated as very good, not there being any in the category of poor; there was prevalence of the students who reported access to social networks through public and private wifi; and the students considered that teachers do not use social networks for academic purposes.