Today in India particularly among the Indian college and university students the usage of Social Networking (SN) has significantly increased and it certainly has far reaching impacts on the academic and other activities of the students. And these impacts are so widespread that they caught the attention of social scientists worldwide. However, the range of studies to deal with the usage of SN among college students is negligible in India. Hence, this study is placed in this context, aimed at presenting usage pattern of SN by the Himachal Pradesh university students. For the said purpose a survey has been conducted among students of Himachal Pradesh University . The findings of the study acknowledge the rampant usage of SNS among young university students in Himachal Pradesh. Their usage pattern of SNS, hours spending per week, gender differentiation in its usage, purpose of membership, their level of intimate relationships with online friends and much more interesting aspects have been dealt scientifically in this paper.
Keywords: Social networking sites, Indian university students, Gender differences.