A Systematic Literature Review of Social Media Usage among People with Intellectual Disability
Udeme Samuel Jacob
University of Johannesburg: Auckland Park, Gauteng, ZA
Jace Pillay
South African Research Chair in Education and Care in Childhood, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
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Jacob, U., & Pillay, J. (2023). A Systematic Literature Review of Social Media Usage among People with Intellectual Disability. Journal of Culture and Values in Education, 6(3), 42-61. https://doi.org/10.46303/jcve.2023.19


Many people are still excluded from participating in the digital world because of their intellectual disabilities. Participation in the digital world is, however, essential to meaningful contributions to society. This systematic literature review examined 13 articles published between 2015 and 2023 about social media usage among persons with intellectual disability. A combination of keywords and terms was used to search PubMed, Scopus, PsycINFO, Cochrane, and Medline databases. According to a thematic analysis of the included studies, the following themes emerged: usage, inclusion, risk and benefit, and training support. Based on these themes, we found that some people with intellectual disability used social media positively for social interactions. This is one of the best things about the Internet. People with intellectual disability need support to engage in social interactions through social media effectively.

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