Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences
Volume 17, No. 1, 2019
DOI: 10.36108/ijss/9102.71.0110

Social Media and Marital Instability as Basis for Domestic Violence in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
Haruna Ishola Abdullahi1 and Adedoyin O. Oyinlola2

1,Department of Sociology, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria
2Department of Psychology, Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Nigeria


The social media brought crises like divorce and violence into the family unit. Hence, this paper assessed social media and marital instability as an amalgamation for domestic violence in Ota Ogun State, Nigeria. The study anchors on betrayal theory and modernisation theory. The study was cross-sectional survey and descriptive in nature hence, its method of data collection and analysis was both quantitative and qualitative. The primary data was obtained through administration of 150 questionnaires to the residents of Ota through convenience and purposive sampling methods. Content analysis of textbooks, journals and online resources were the sources of secondary data. Out of the 150 questionnaires taken to field only 137 were returned, consequently the response rate was 91.33%. Findings showed that 61% of the respondents were male, 39% were female, 95 of the respondents had internet-enabled android phones and 5% of the respondents did not have android phones. The results of the hypothesis tested showed that the Spearman Regression analysis has a value of 0.94 which was greater than P value of 0.05 at 5% level of significance, hence, the null hypothesis was rejected. This study recommends adequate orientation on the use of social media and subsistence counselling among couples. This study will be valuable to the community, families and researchers in the field of sociology of family and crime.

Keywords: Social media, marital instability, domestic violence, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria


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