Adverse Impact of Social Networking Sites

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SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES AFFECT ONE‟S ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE ADVERSELY ________________________________ A Group Paper presented to the UST College of Nursing ________________________________

As a Partial Fulfillment of the requirements of the subject General Psychology ________________________________

Submitted to: Mr. Jose Ricarte B. Origenes

Submitted by: Kimberly Banquil Nicole Allyson Chua Gemeile Ann Leaño Monique Ann Rivero Charles Allen Burce Sittie Norhanisa Dianalan April Rose Matienzo Nikka Ursula Timog

October 19, 2009


We extend our sincerest gratitude to Professor Jose Ricarte B. Origenes of the College of Nursing, for his constant support, guidance and motivation, who helped the group immensely in completing this project. The project provided us with an opportunity to understand the fundamentals of research methods in a better manner and apply them in everyday life. The insistence on taking up a socially relevant topic like the use of social networking sites helped us to understand the psychology of the people using these sites better and correlate the research to human behavioral aspects.

We also would like to thank our respondents for giving us their valuable time and providing us with the information needed to carry out the research successfully.





A. Objectives B. Significance of the Study C. Definition of Terms

2 3 4


The Nature of Social Networking Sites and Low Academic Performances


Data Supporting the Claim that Social Networking Sites Affect One‟s Academic Performance Adversely 11


Data Against the Claim that Social Networking Sites Affect One‟s Academic Performance Adversely 19 22 26 28


Comparison of the Two Opposing Data Implications of the Study to Adolescents and the Society in General Conclusion






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, such as common languages or shared racial, sexual, religious or nationality-based 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...
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