This study was informed by Uses and Gratification theory, which suggests that people actively choose their media based on their needs.
In other words, people’s choice of media is highly influenced by their needs and the gratifications or satisfaction they get by using these media.[xii] Five main categories of needs have been identified based on the social and psychological functions of mass media.
The main objectives of this study were to investigate the extent of social media use and the purposes, access, and challenges of its use by the young people of Nima and Maamobi, two suburbs of Accra, Ghana.
One hundred fifty youth ages 11–19 and five adult Internet café attendants participated in the study.
Buildings include poor-quality material such as mud walls, zinc roofing sheets, and untreated timber.[iv] A report by the Earth Institute Millennium Cities Initiative describes the two suburbs as illegal squatter settlements rapidly undergoing physical and social decay.