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INTRODUCTION
Social networking websites are currently being used regularly my millions of people. The use of social networking sites has been widespread that they have not only caught the attention of academic and industry researchers worldwide but also us, in particular. Social networking sites are now being investigated by numerous social science researchers and an increasing number of academic commentators are becoming more and more interested in studying Facebook, Twitter,and other social networking services, because of their probable impact on society. While the social networking sites have the same key aspects, the cultures and responses around them that become apparent are varied. Most sites help strangers connect with others based on shared personal interests, political and economic views, or simply recreational activities .Some sites accommodate distinct viewers, while others attract people based on similarities, suchas common languages or shared racial, sexual, religious or nationalitybased identities. Nonetheless, social networking sites have only one common goal. It is to encourage new ways to communicate and share information. Many students have been blaming various social networking sites for their steady decrease in grade point averages. This emergent phenomenon aroused us to look into social networking sites and why they affect fellow students‟ academic performances. The target population for this research was defined as the students who form the major chunk of users of these social networking sites. This was done to have a better insight into the research as the target population was one of the most avid users of these sites and could provide exceptional responses. Even the understanding of the questionnaire was easy for them as they were familiar with the sites and are quite clear about the reasons they use it for and the various problems that they now face because of the effects of using these social networking sites. The responses were collected by personal questioning. The responses were taken from the students in the University of Santo Tomas’s different colleges through survey forms. Other evidences showcased with this study were retrieved carefully from the web

B. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
This study aims to explain the importance of the proper usage of social networking sites. It aims to point out particularly adverse effects it poses to people’s daily lives. These sites evidently have a lot of positive effects, but their also have their share of negative impact. In order to provide much help, this study would like to give enlightenment to the said phenomena. We would like to provide, through this term paper, information about the impact of these sites to society that would hopefully lead to a realization of their own standing in terms of SNS addiction .We also would like to give a certain form of guidance to those who are delved in situations fore mentioned. Lastly, we would like to provide evidences that would solidify the support on controlling the usage of social networking sites, thus reducing the risk of assimilating such addicting activities.

” said Karpinski. Students are using social-networking sites more than many school officials may realize. college students who use Internet social networking sites such as Facebook study less and have lower grades. Shyam Sundar. attractive and self-confident. U. Los Angeles.” said Aryn Karpinski.based NSBA (http://www. One involved the creation of mock Facebook profiles.” Professor Smith said.” compare movie preferences. socializing. People that didn‟t use Facebook reported that they study about 11-15 hours and those who had a Facebook account only studied 1-5 hours per week. According to research presented at the American Educational Research Association's 2009 annual conference in San Diego. 9.700 juniors at an East Coast college log on to Facebook. DATA SUPPORTING THE CLAIM THAT SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES AFFECT ONE’S ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ADVERSELY The youth in the status quo use social networking sites as a means of interaction. people who accumulate “too many” friends (about 800 or more) are seen as insecure. To study how personal tastes.S. but I think Facebook is a unique phenomenon. “It is the equivalent of the difference between getting an A and a B.org/SecondaryMenu/TLN/CreatingandConnecting. 148 Facebook users had a full grade point lower than those who don‟t have Facebook. S. a professor of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University. If this seems trivial. Unwittingly.the marking system used in US universities . habits and values affect the formation of social relationships (and how social relationships affect tastes.” The Ohio report shows that students who used Facebook had a “significantly” lower grade point average . Smith.A. social networking sites harbor many unsafe elements and many people are concerned about some major problems that they contain. Eliot R. according to a 2007 study by the Alexandria. California. Va. consider that a study in 2004 in The American Journal of Public Health suggested that adolescent girls who are socially isolated and whose friends are not friends with one another experienced more suicidal thoughts. Although many people don‟t think of it. According to Aryn Karpinski‟s study of about 219 students. are monitoring the Facebook profiles of an entire class of students at one college. There are claims that social networking sites are beneficial. share videos and exchange cyber-cocktails and kisses.. who will present her findings this week to the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. first put forth by the pioneering German sociologist Georg Simmel.nsba. Among other topics. habits and values). which includes education and poor academic performance. Each day about 1.to 17-year-olds spend as much time using the Internet for social activities as they spend watching television—about nine hours a week.com to accumulate “friends. Despite the fact that most schools block access to such sites via school computers. “Every generation has its distractions. “Facebook was attractive to us because it has both those kinds of information.C. researchers are investigating a concept. known as triadic closure: whether one’s friends are also friends of one another. “Our study shows people who spend more time on Facebook spend less time studying.L.III. a researcher in the education department at Ohio State University. a professor and founder of the Media Effects Research Laboratory at Penn State. has led students in several Facebook studies exploring identity. which they declined to name because it could compromise the integrity of their research. Researchers learned that while people perceive someone who has a high number of friends as popular. and a colleague received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how people meet and learn more about potential romantic partners.aspx . the Harvard-U. a team of researchers from Harvard and the University of California. but are they really advantageous in the lives of the youth today? Here the researchers present facts that social networking sites do gravely affect the academic performances of users.than those who did not use the site. these students have become the subjects of academic research. and for purely entertainment purposes.

3) Sexual predators -. and the like].200 students found that 96 percent of those with online access had used social-networking technology—including text messaging—and 81 percent said they had visited asocial-networking Web site at least once within the three months before the study was conducted.are attracted to places where teens are not making good choices and adults are not paying attention. Live Journal. Xanga. some of whom are not making good choices. Legitimate concerns do exist about youth involvement on these sites [MySpace.).and likely other dangerous strangers -. 2) Many parents are not paying attention to what their children are posting on the sites. Those concerns are grounded in three basic factors: 1) the sites are attracting many teens. Some teens engage in unsafe or irresponsible .Facebook. The study of more than 1.

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