Can you get addicted to Facebook? I do not usually spend a lot of time on the site, but I know people who do. It seems like it takes them over an hour to do even simple homework assignments because they are alternating doing their assignment with chatting and surfing around Facebook. I often wonder what compels them to spend so much time on Facebook wasting at least half of their time to do productive things over the course of the day. A few weeks ago, several of my friends and I took most of a Sunday afternoon to work on homework. We probably worked for at least 8 hours on various assignments. I probably had a legitimate 6 hours of homework, while the rest of them had significantly less, however they were also on Facebook for most of the time, which significantly lowered their productivity. I actually ended up finishing my homework before they did. What causes someone to go on Facebook every five minutes and check to see if someone has commented on their status? Even when doing homework, something that requires a very specific focus, people will interrupt it simply to check their wall. Some psychologists believe it to be 'intermittent reinforcement'. Anticipating getting poked by someone, or getting an unexpected bumper sticker from someone can create a psychological high, just like gambling. This sort of random reward, and more importantly, the possibility of such a high, seems to be hurting productivity. According to an Inc.com article: "For some, Facebook is gobbling up more of that time. A recent survey of more than 700 office workers in the United Kingdom found that employees spent at least 30 minutes on either Facebook or MySpace on a typical work day -- with two respondents saying they spent as much as three hours a day on the sites. Global Secure Systems, a U.K.-based IT security firm that conducted the survey, estimates these daily visits are costing employers several billion dollars a year in lost productivity." It seems clear that Facebook has both addictive properties and negative effects on productivity. These links agree with my initial story about homework on a Sunday afternoon. I am glad that I haven't fallen victim to the trap of Facebook, only going on regularly, and usually only to keep in touch with friends who aren't on campus. I remember hearing about a couple in Korea leaving their child at home for over a day to go play World of Warcraft and upon returning noticed their child was dead. How can you actually forget about your child for over 24 hours and not expect something bad to happen? This really goes to show the pull of the internet though. If you can leave and forget about your child for an entire day because you're playing an online game, then there has to be a serious attraction to that game. I get the same sense from Facebook too, however it just pulls a different demographic. I think Facebook tends to attract many more females than males, especially in the high school and college age demographics. I also think the Pew demographics we went over in class bear this claim out. While guys might spend an entire weekend playing Halo 3 on Xbox Live, girls might
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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. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY This study aims to explain the importance of the proper usage of social networking sites.
C. A.the students in the University of Santo Tomas s different colleges through survey forms. We would like to provide. we define the following key concepts: social networking sites. Determine the authenticity of the claim that the adverse effects of social networking sites are more imminent than the positive ones Associate findings to personal lives of adolescents and society in general B. or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. but their also have their share of negative impact. 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. Academic performance refers to how students deal with their studies and how they cope with or accomplish different tasks given to them by their teachers
. this study would like to give enlightenment to the said phenomena. DEFINITION OF TERMS
In order to understand clearly the subject matter. through this term paper. These sites
evidently have a lot of positive effects. OBJECTIVES The students intend to: Discuss the nature of social networking sites and low academic performance Provide data supporting the claim that social networking sites affect one s academic performance adversely Assess the contrasting evidences thoroughly and systematically. Other evidences showcased with this study were retrieved carefully from the web. We also would like to give a certain form of guidance to those who are delved in situations aforementioned. Lastly.
Social networking sites are social network services that focus on building online communities of people who share interests and/or activities. as they are essential to fully comprehend the issue in focus. and academic performance. It aims to point out particularly adverse effects it poses to people s daily lives. In order to provide much help.
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On many of the large SNSs. nor is it what differentiates them from other forms of computer-mediated communication (CMC).
While the term "social network site" is used to describe this phenomenon. Social networking is a great form of entertainment. At first. they are primarily communicating with people who are already a part of their extended social network. The nature and nomenclature of these connections may vary from site to site. it is not the primary practice on many of them. you don t have much interest in your new school but when you begin to learn and enjoy more about your school. To
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public or semi-public profile within a bounded system. and the two terms are often used interchangeably. the term "social networking sites" also appears in public discourse. and all races. participants are not necessarily "networking" or looking to meet new people. teachers and etc. we just have same interests with. (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection. often between strangers. maybe people we met before like old classmates or schoolmate or new people from different races and countries. For the past years. "Networking" emphasizes relationship initiation. A purpose of social networking is we meet people. you will be happy to spend much of your time in school with your friends. It is open for all kinds of people. instead. on your first day you have no friends but as days pass you will meet new friends and eventually you ll form
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spend more time being online on these social network services than to spend time studying and working up on school works. This is sad to hear because with all the advantages social