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Research Paper

On the study of
the Effects
Of Facebook On
Students
INTRODUCTION

Social networking sites, most notably Facebook have become so


popular today that they are leading words on the lips of every
students. You love to spend most of your time checking your Fcebook
updates, but do you know that there are many negative effects of
using Facebook?Most of the students don’t realize the negative effects
impacts of Facebook ontheir life. And, the main reason is because they
are already addicted to it. And, this addiction can lead to several
negative developments.

The main purpose of this paper is to suggest some ways of


minimizing the bad impacts of Facebook to students and to show you
the negative effects of this social networking sites on students’
behavior and performance. This research also focused on finding
ways to enhance students’ motivation and improve their
achievements, yet without looking closely at the sources for their
demotivation or academic failures

BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY


Facebook is a social networking service launched in February 2004,
owned and operated by Facebook, Inc. As of September 2012,
Facebook has over one billionactive users, more than half of
them using Facebook on a mobile device. Users mustregister before
using the site, after which they may create a personal profile, add
other users as friends, and exchange messages, including automatic
notifications when they update their profile.
Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organized
by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics, and
categorize their friends intolists such as "People From Work" or "Close
Friends".Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college
roommates andfellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin,
Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The
website's membership was initially limited by thefounders to Harvard
students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area,the
Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for
students at5 various other universities before opening to high school
students, and eventually toanyone aged 13 and over.
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The questions and debates about Facebook usage seem ubiquitous
today. Why do people need a website to socialize? Is Facebook an
efficient social capitalization tool?Is the use of Facebook beneficial for
students, or does it simply distract them?Are there negative impacts
of the Facebook on students' behavior and performance?
What's with Facebook, why are some of the students are getting
addicted to it? What's the effect of this social networking site on their
grades?What does Facebook bring to the lives of the the
students?Why are the students easily hooked to Facebook?How does
Facebook affect the life of a student?What are the pitfalls, sudents
should avoid on Facebook? Is there a possible way for the students to
minimize their time on Facebook?
PROS:
 SOCIAL MEDIA SITES CAN INCREASE STUDENT COLLABORATION
 USING SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE CLASSROOM CAN ENCOURAGE MORE
PARTICIPATION
 SOCIAL MEDIA SITES CAN BE USEFUL FOR HOMEWORK HELP
 SHARE RESOURCES QUICKLY WHEN USING SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE
CLASSROOM
 SOCIAL MEDIA HELPS KEEP PARENTS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ALL
ON THE SAME PAGE
CONS:
 SOCIAL MEDIA CAN BE A DISTRACTION IN CLASS
 IMPROPER USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE CLASSROOM
 USING SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE CLASSROOM CAN DETRACT FROM
HUMAN INTERACTION
 CYBER BULLYING ON SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES
 POSTING INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES

CONCLUSION
Usage of Facebook is overwhelming, we get in touch with our loved
ones,relatives, and friends.We get to know the latest news and issues, we
can participate in anonline discussions and many more. Facebook is also
an efficient social capitalization tool.It let every single individuals to
present themselves, and begin or keep connections withothers. Facebook
associates can also join groups based on common interests, see
whatthings they have in common, and learn each others' hobbies,
interests, favorite music, and romantic relationship status through their
pages.Few of the side effects of Facebook adversely affects on a students'
behavior and performance, one of the biggest effect is too much time on
the internet. Another dramaticchanged seen in students behavior is that
they will not spent the required time on studiesas they are asked to, brag
about theposition and level that they are on the games online,how many
friends are their as their partners, scores, records etc. Students who
have notachieved these positions on online games will now also join in
adding tothe adverseeffects of Facebook.Facebook also has a large
impact to students. Some students are using it for educational purposes.
Students would like to do some online collaboration with50 classmates.

It is said that using Facebook boosts students’ self-esteem even


more. They would feel belongingness in the community compared to
those who do not have accounts.It also provides news on what are
happening in the real world and even in their school.On the other hand,
negative effects flourish. It was found that social networking sites
hasformed a new kind of addiction which we called the "social media
addiction" and it isquite true in using Facebook.

Students who spend much of their time online find it harder to focus in
class and have short attention span. Students are becoming obsessed
withsocial media sites such as Facebook. Instead of studying, they go
using Facebook that'swhy they got 20% lower grades.Facebook-using
students even perform task (projects or assignments) withoutcompletion
for the reason that they spend more time scrolling down on their
newsfeed tosee updates about their friends and look up for their
notifications rather than finishingtheir school tasks.