00Background of the Study: “The Filipinos love to talk and to interact, thus the penchant for gossip, telebabad

(the habit of engaging in long, often senseless conversations over the telephone) and, this time, text messaging. The Filipinos are heavy users, not due to big businesses, but because it is one form of entertainment. Filipinos love talking. Filipinos love interacting so much he is using text messaging as a medium" The rapid advance in telecommunications technology has enabled anyone access to this technology due to the affordable price of the phones as well as the services it offers. Interestingly, it is not the calls which are bringing in the sales; rather, it is the text messaging function which has been getting all the income. And it sure does make sense. Figure this out, calls on landline is about P5.00 for three minutes, while calls made on cell phones cost P3.00 per minute. However, text messages, about 160 characters long, cost only a peso per message. Not only that, with package offers like Superunli25 or Unlitext20, you can have the privilege of texting unlimited for one whole day (Globe Subscribers). The youth have been quick to catch up to this technology. As Michael Hausauer, a psychotherapist in Oakland, Calif., said that “Teenagers had a terrific interest in knowing what’s going on in the lives of their peers, coupled with a terrific anxiety about being out of the loop.” For that reason, he said, the rapid rise in texting has potential for great benefit and great harm. It has definitely created a unique venue among young Filipinos, where they could express themselves, starting out with the unique text shortcuts, and by the countless jokes, pieces of advice and graphics that could be sent through it. Young Filipinos have used this technology to look out for dates; meet new people, outside their current circle of friends; and essentially, become the glue that has bonded the barkada together during happy days like as well as during those sad days (breaking-up with the boyfriend or girlfriend). Although no statistics are available as to how many Holy Child Academy - North Fairview (HCA – NF) high school students have a cell phone; it would not surprise the researchers if the incidence of ownership is almost 100%. With a student population known for being interested in whatever is hip or cool in today’s society, it would be interesting to know what “texting” has done in changing, molding and improving the lifestyle of a typical Holy Child Academy (North Fairview) high school student. We, researchers, would like to paint an interesting, accurate, even, earnest picture of what this landmark technology has done in shaping today’s Filipino youth culture, using HCA – NF as a barometer. In general, the study will point out the lifestyle changes brought about by texting, which have happened to HCA – NF student. This study will specifically focus on the advantages and disadvantages of texting, inside the boundaries of cell phone usage. The Filipino youth has adapted nicely texting. But are we really seeing the whole picture? With this study, the researchers hope to provide a more in-depth look.

Statement of the problem: “They do it late at night when their parents are asleep. They do it in restaurants and while crossing busy streets. They do it in the classroom with their hands behind their back. They do it so much their thumbs hurt.” By Katie Hafner Undeniably, texting has impacted the lives of young Filipinos. This study want s to know what lifestyle changes have occurred to a sample of today’s youth, namely, HCA – NF high school students. Specifically, this study aims to answer the following: 1.) What are the advantages and disadvantages of texting? 2.) How many of these advantages and disadvantages affect the academic aspect of the respondent’s life? 3.) How many of these advantages and disadvantages affect the financial aspect of the respondent’s life? 4.) How many of the advantages and disadvantages affect the psychosocial aspect of the respondent’s life? 5.) Based on the academic, financial and psychological aspects how did high school students managed to cope up with their daily texting? Significance of the Study: This study will be a barometer on how high school students have managed to cope up with a technological innovation like the cell phone. Specifically, it will describe the academic, psychosocial and financial aspects of text messaging on the lives of high school students in Holy Child Academy – North Fairview. This study will provide a sketch of how cope and how they used this technology in making their lives better. Hopefully, this will provide parents, school administrators, peers and other researchers an insight into the behavior of high school students with regard to the life changes that happened to them due to technological innovation. This study could also help to many studies being currently conducted on the text messaging in the Philippines. Specifically, this information provided can be a part of the study on problems concerning text messaging that will surely interest many psychologist and child welfare centers. Due to broad effects of texting on today’s youth, this study could be a pathway to other related studies related to texting, such as family relations and conflicts arising from it. This study could also help cellular phone companies to get a better understanding of the importance of cellular phone in today’s youth. They may use information in this study to know what appeal to today’s youth and how to better address their needs without sacrificing steep choices like failing of grades. Finally, this study can help today’s Filipino youth to take a closer look at themselves, and be a reflection on what is happening to their personal lives: deliberately saying whether texting has become a hindrance or an asset to their lives.

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