The main purpose of this study is to examine the use of WhatsApp by the social science research scholars of the Karnatak University, Dharwad, Karnataka State. A structured questionnaire was designed and distributed to 145 regular research scholars, out of which 139 duly filled in questionnaires were received back with a response rate of 95.86 %. The results of the survey reveal that majority, i.e. 91.36 % respondents are aware of Facebook, followed by Google+ and Youtube; the research scholars are not only using WhatsApp for general use but also for academic / research purpose; though the access is denied for Social Networking Sites (SNSs) in the Karnatak University. But still the respondents are using these SNSs for their academic purpose.