October 21, 2008 by Omar Aly
The popularity of the internet and online communities has grown exponentially (Alexa.com). Is the recent up rising of social networking websites enabling us to remain more connected? This research paper attempts to test the hypothesis that college students who have registered with social networking websites, actually spend less time socializing outside the cyber network.
The research for this paper arouse from the rising popularity of social networking websites, such as Myspace and FaceBook. With millions of users accessing these websites daily studies on the importance of them will occur.
The researcher prepared a small, impersonal direct survey that allowed for quick gathering of empirical data. The site for the survey was positioned in the front of the USF library, allowing a variety of students to participate. This method and location allowed for random variation. It is safe to assume that the majority of people taking the survey were in fact University level college students, with no bias toward gender or race. The survey consisted of an independent variable, which was whether or not the students had in fact owned a registered name to any social networking website. The dependent variable of the survey was divided into two sections; either they socialized outside of the cyber world, less than 10 hours a week or more than 10 hours a week. The research was done over a course of week to increase the variance and legitimacy of the experiment.
After executing the experiment, the researcher began gathering all the data and calculating percentages. The researcher analyzed the information and determined that seventy five percent of the college students that registered with social networking websites spent less than ten hours a week socializing outside cyber space. In...