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ADOLESCENTS SOCIAL NETWORKING EXPERIENCE ON FACEBOOK

ADOLESCENTS SOCIAL NETWORKING EXPERIENCE ON FACEBOOK

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With the advancement of today’s technology, the interaction between people become more interactive with the birth of social network website like Facebook. This article analyzes the frequency of adolescents accessing Facebook and their perception towards it. A survey was conducted in 2011 on 162 adolescents within the range of age from 18 to 25 years old in Klang Valley. The study found that adolescents in Klang Valley log in to their Facebook account 1-2 times a day and surf for more than two hours to interact with friends and got satisfaction with the unlimited wide network of friends. The adolescents perceived Facebook as giving positive impact on them because they are able to foster closer relationship among friends.
With the advancement of today’s technology, the interaction between people become more interactive with the birth of social network website like Facebook. This article analyzes the frequency of adolescents accessing Facebook and their perception towards it. A survey was conducted in 2011 on 162 adolescents within the range of age from 18 to 25 years old in Klang Valley. The study found that adolescents in Klang Valley log in to their Facebook account 1-2 times a day and surf for more than two hours to interact with friends and got satisfaction with the unlimited wide network of friends. The adolescents perceived Facebook as giving positive impact on them because they are able to foster closer relationship among friends.

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ADOLESCENTS SOCIAL NETWORKING EXPERIENCE ONFACEBOOK
 
 Mohd Zuwairi Mat Saad 
Email: zuwairi@uum.edu.my  School of Multimedia Technology & Communication,Universiti Utara Malaysia, 06010 Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia
  Noor Izzati Muhamad Nasir
Email: noorizzati@uum.edu.my  Language Centre, Universiti Utara Malaysia, 06010 Sintok, Kedah
 Mohd Hasren Yusuf 
Email: hasren@uum.edu.my  Language Centre, Universiti Utara Malaysia, 06010 Sintok, Kedah
ABSTRACT
With the advancement of today‟s technology, the interaction between people
become more interactive with the birth of social network website like Facebook.This article analyzes the frequency of adolescents accessing Facebook and theirperception towards it. A survey was conducted in 2011 on 162 adolescents withinthe range of age from 18 to 25 years old in Klang Valley. The study found thatadolescents in Klang Valley log in to their Facebook account 1-2 times a day andsurf for more than two hours to interact with friends and got satisfaction with theunlimited wide network of friends. The adolescents perceived Facebook as givingpositive impact on them because they are able to foster closer relationship amongfriends.
Keywords
: adolescents, perception, frequency, social network website, interaction
 
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INTRODUCTIONPurpose of the study
This study aims to look at the frequencies of adolescents in using Facebook. Pattern of the frequency was looked at how frequent they log into their Facebook account, time spentand the number of friends that they have. Apart from that, this study also seeks to look at theiroverall perception towards Facebook. How and for what they use Facebook determineswhether it brings positive or negative perception.This study uses face to face survey method in quantitave using questionairresdistributed to the respondents. This method is accurate in assessing the acceptance of Facebook among adolescents in Klang Valley. According to (Beger, 2000), the survey methodis use to get information about certain groups and people representing bigger groups of thepeople that we are interested with.Apart from that, survey is also one of the tools in collecting data by asking questionsto people. Survey is a way to acquire data in daily lives and is used widely in the socialscience research (Dorsten & Hotchkiss 2005). 162 respondents living in Klang Valley wereinvolved in this study. Adolescents of the age 18 to 25 years old were chosen to be therespondents. This study also took into account the races and genders of adolescents using andhave used Facebook as a medium to interact or for other purposes. Non probability samplingwas used for this study.Since this study involves surveys on the use and satisfaction in using Facebook,purposive sampling method was chosen because is believed to represent the objectives relatedto the phenomenon being studied. Burn (1995), which describes the process of selecting cases(Silverman 2000) and select the sample so as to provide information in this study (Merriem1998). Purposive sampling used in this study are a small sample of adolescents who useFacebook only to obtain information related to the objectives of the current study thedistribution of the questionnaires.
 
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RESULT OF STUDYThe Frequency of Using Facebook
The highest frequency percentage of adolescents using Facebook is 44% equivalent 72respondents in 1-2 years. Second highest frequency is in 2-3 year with 28.7% followed by theusage of more than 3 years with 16.7% and usage of less than a year produced the leastpercentage of 11.1% which equals to 18 respondents.The major factor that makes teens sign up for Facebook account is because of peerinfluence of 32.1%. However, this value is seen less significant with the trend factor with31.5% with the difference of only one respondent. This is followed by curiosity or the need totry something with 29%. Only 7.4% teens sign up for Facebook based on invitations.Table 1: The frequency of login one day
Login (one day) Frequency Percentage
1-2 times 47 293-4 times 37 22.84-5 times 33 20.4More than six times 45 27.8
Total 162 100%
Looking at table 1, the frequency of 
adolescent‟s
login into their Facebook account forall the four items does not show a very obvious answer. The highest percentage of login in isonly 1-2 times a day of 29% with the difference of only two respondents. Login in more thansix times take the second highest percentage of 27.8% followed by 3-4 times a day with22.8% and 4-5 times only 20.4%.

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