Why are teenagers very fond of social networking sites?”

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<p>TITLE: Why are teenagers very fond of social networking sites? PROPONENTS: Michael Angeles, Christopher Arciaga, Chrisselle Buhay, Joyline Canlas, Paula Marin INTRODUCTION Social networking sites are web-based services that allow individuals to construct a profile describing his or her interests and create a list of users with whom they share a connection. These sites allow users to be a part of a virtual community for them to share their daily activities with family and friends, to post their stand regarding a particular topic, or to increase their circle of acquaintances. Social networking sites are very popular around the world, particularly in teenagers and students. This study is very noteworthy since this will reveal the factors that attract students in using social networking sites. These factors are very significant because this will give an idea on what interventions are appropriate if internet addiction is involved. According to Tamar Lewin (2010), Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day with such devices, compared with less than six and a half hours five years ago, when the study was last conducted. And that does not count the hour and a half that youths spend texting, or the half-hour they talk on their cellphones. In this generation, even a small addition to a social networking site can either increase or decrease the number of users in it. In this case, it can be seen that the number of hours increased alarmingly in the span of five years. It can indicate that the youth are attached to the devices that they use in staying online. This may also shows that there are significant efforts made by the social networking sites to attract the interest of the youth. For example: Facebook added a factor that increased the number of users which is the Groups. Some students who didnt have an account had to create one because announcements regarding the school and the classes are posted there and the group is a very useful tool for faster information dissemination. According to Dianna Bocco (2012), Once you've gotten involved in networking sites, things can escalate quickly. One reason these sites are so addictive is that there's a nonstop stream of messages, photos, updates and information coming from those in your network. If you have 10 friends, it shouldn't be a problem keeping up with them. If your network is 100 friends or more, you might end up online for hours every day, trying to check all of the updates. If you're trading messages back and forth with other</p> <p>members, you might find yourself even more caught up in the exchange, just as you would in a normal conversation. Social networking sites are meant to be casual, relaxed ways to connect with others. If you start losing sleep or are unable to concentrate because you're always thinking about going online to check your friends' statuses, then that's a sign of trouble. Another reason these sites can become addictive is that they provide outlets for when you're feeling down. People post fewer negative than positive updates on networking sites. They might mention trips they take or new cars, but they will rarely mention when they got poor reviews at work or they gained 20 pounds. If your own "real" life is not going so great, you can always go online and pretend to be better. You can simply lose yourself in what experts call "happyland" and forget about the hurdles of everyday life. In the statement given above, there are indications that some reasons why these sites are addictive are due to the unending psyche of the teenagers to gather new updates and to express their feelings. Bocco stated that these sites provide outlets when youre feeling down, thus it can let go of all the negativity and think about happy memories that the person encountered during the day. According to Lauren Acurantes (2011), Its no question that adolescents and teenagers make up some of the biggest demographics in social networking sites. Experts agree that it actually does help them build stronger ties with their peers. But a recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics has shown that there is also a downside to all this social networking. They call it Facebook depression, and they mention adolescents and teenagers who spend excessive amounts of time on the internet as the most likely affected. Facebook allows users to showcase their lives, from achievements to travel photos to parties. The depression creeps in, according to the report, when teenagers start comparing themselves to their friends. Why does she have more friends than me? How come he was invited to that party and I wasnt? How come she got a new car for her Sweet Sixteen? Why was he given that award when I worked harder for it?</p> <p>These are questions teens already face in their daily lives, factor in the additional pressure of social networks with their my-life-is-an-open-book appeal and youve got yourself one troubled teen. Experts attribute it to the fact that these sites magnify the idea of envy and jealousy. According to Acurantes statement, there is a high number of teenagers that are using social networking sites. She stated that experts agree that social networking sites help teenagers build stronger ties with their peers and that is another factor that may show why teenagers are attracted to social networking sites. However, there is a downside from using it which is the possibility of an occurrence of depression. She also states that social networking sites increase the tendency to compare yourself to your friends and it may lead you to develop negative feelings such as envy and jealousy. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY: The main purpose of this study is to learn why teenagers ock to social networking sites. Also, to learn what they are expressing on the sites and how it t into their lives. The researchers tend to address these issues and explore their implications for youth identities. While particular systems may come and go, how youth engage through social network sites today provides long-lasting insights into identity formation, status negotiation, and peer-to-peer sociality. IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM: This study is intended to identify the factors that attract students in using social networking sites. This study also aims to answer the following questions: 1. Do you have access to the internet at home or not? 2. How many hours do you surf the internet in a day? 3. How frequent do you surf the internet in a week? 4. When do you use the internet? 5. Is your cell phone a smartphone? In other words, can you use it to check email, download apps, or go online? 6. Do you have an account in the following social networking sites: a. Friendster b. Facebook c. Myspace</p> <p>d. Twitter e. Google+ 7. Why did you make a social networking account? 8. What is the main way you check your social networking site? 9. About how many times a day do you check your social networking site? 10. How often do you post things to your own or someone elses social networking site? 11. Do you stay up late using the social networking sites? 12. Aside from social networking, for what reasons do you use the internet? 13. Do you use social networking sites during school days? 14. Why do you use social network sites? 15. Who do you talk to in your social networking sites? 16. Do you really need to surf the internet or you can live without the internet? 17. Do you think using social networking sites can affect your grades in school? 18. How long could you go without using social networking sites? 19. Will it be okay if there was no social networking? 20. Have you ever: a. Flirted with someone online who you wouldnt have flirted with in person. b. Said something bad about someone online that you wouldnt have said in person. c. Became friends with someone you met online. d. Edited pictures to make yourself look better before you posted them online. 21. Do you agree or disagree with each statement: a. Used your social networking site in getting to know other students at your school better. b. Used your social networking site in staying in touch with friends you cant see on a regular basis. c. Used your social networking site in distracting yourself when you should be paying attention to the people youre with. d. Used your social networking site in using taking away time when you could be spending it with your friends in person. e. Used your social networking site in being more aware of current events. 22. Do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements:</p> <p>a. Sometimes I wish I could just unplug for a while. b. Sometimes I wish I could go back to a time when there was no Facebook. c. I love posting photos of me and my friends online. d. I get stressed out about how I look when I post pictures online. e. I feel pressured to post photos even when I dont want to. f. I feel bad about myself when nobody comments on or likes my photos.</p> <p>23. Using my social networking site makes me feel more or less: a. Confident or it doesnt make much difference one way or the other. b. Better about myself or it doesnt make much difference one way or the other. c. Connected with my family and friends or it doesnt make much difference one way or the other. d. Sympathetic to what other people are going through or it doesnt make much difference one way or the other. e. Outgoing or it doesnt make much difference one way or the other. f. Depressed or it doesnt make much difference one way or the other.</p> <p>g. Popular or it doesnt make much difference one way or the other. h. Shy or it doesnt make much difference one way or the other. 24. Has using social networking site mainly helped or mainly hurt your relationships with your: a. Friends b. Teachers c. Parents d. Siblings e. Other family members like cousins, aunts and uncles, or grandparents</p> <p>REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE: Why are teenagers in so much fond of social networking? Social networking has a wide coverage of peoples connection with each other in regards with entertainment, business, studies, and especially family and friend bonding. The researchers found out that the rapid growth of online social networks and video games has led to the rise of what many psychologists are saying a very real phenomenon: internet addiction. The researchers say that teenagers are vulnerable to pathological computer use because they are living by themselves for the first time and have uninhibited access to games and sites like Facebook and Twitter. As Kauffman (2009) reported, social networking web sites like MySpace and Facebook have never been more popular, some worry the sites are perhaps too popular, maybe even addicting.</p> <p>From a student who was surveyed, and whom the researchers got information, Doing (2009) admitted that she tried to finish her thesis for the moment she was asked, and Facebook, being on the computer - it's sort of addictive for her. The researchers talked about if social network has given more positive effects than negative effects for teenagers who have access on the net. Addiction to the use of social network, for the researchers, was treated negatively. But absolutely it then leads teenagers to become updated to what is happening in our world. The researchers though first focus on the negative effect of social networking, they eventually studied about the common effect of it for the teenagers. The researchers concluded that too much use of social networking is a sign of social network addiction. How could social networking attract teenagers in such a way that it seems to be a new world for them wherein they could express, share, and even move themselves? How do teenagers eventually live and rely on the internet too much? According to Gonzalez (2011), social network addiction is a psychological disorder around the world, it is stated that internet addiction was the cause of social addiction. Some of the signs of this addiction are low self-esteem, when a person socializes, and when a person looses sleep because he/she is connected to the social network website. Some solutions to this problem maybe spending quality time with family. The resources for this kind of addiction vary in many ways, psychologists are always a big help but most of all family support is necessary in order to help the addict. Social Networking is new form or system of communication among people. It is definitely a huge impact to the internet system. For some people, computers are considered essential on a daily basis and this had cause to many people become abusers to this great service. Now, we see almost in every social places providing Wi-Fi service. Also, with all the great technology now days we no longer have to carry a laptop to places to use the internet, phones have immense technology access. Currently, people can use their phones to update their social page. Also people who have some level of social addiction like or find pretty interesting and getting to know everything about their friends through the monitors of their computers and cell phones. No longer hanging out with friends is interesting them anymore. For many people is pretty easy to become addicted to social networks due to the fact that it is very popular among not only young people but adult people too, also it is easy to access, and it is entertaining. Although, it is important to consider that the purpose of the multiple social networks presented to people is to keep in touch with family, friends, and old friends that one may have lost touch with. Addiction to these internet websites becomes a problem once it starts to interfere towards daily life. According to Young (2009) Social Networking can be compared as the same as being addicted to drugs or alcohol. Internet addiction is big cause of social network addiction because people started to explore the internet and by that started visiting social network websites and by that people when to internet addiction to social network addiction. Social network addiction leads to many problems such as problems with your family, work, friends, etc. The researchers and almost all teenagers obviously know that Facebook is one the most popular and most visited social networking site. As the adults nowadays are also becoming more connected with the use of social network, how come with the teenagers who are fonder of communicating and specifically chatting and photo sharing with lots of friends. According to Pamaoukaghion (2005-2010) there are many levels of social network addiction, some of the levels are for emotional low self-esteem, and afraid to be socially expose. According to Pamaoukaghion (2005-2010) in a study from the University of Athens, psychiatrists discuss about a woman who lost her job because of being online on a social</p> <p>network websites. The discussion was about this situation of the women that it could be a sign of social network addiction. Based on what Cheever (2009) said, there are five signs that may signal one has type of social network addiction. The ones with...</p>