THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND
The generation of today is more often called the generation of technology. The youth of the new era is now fully equipped and capable of connecting with anyone, anywhere at any given time. The development of different gadgets truly changed the lifestyle ok the people. According to an article by an unknown author, although the web or the internet was full of different and interesting information, there was little or no opportunity to participate or contribute to the growth of the media. However, upon the development of social networking sites, the web was opened to the world and was able to fulfill its purpose: to provide people all over the world a never ending way of connecting. “Nothing has changed the Web more than the rise of social networking sites.” Upon the rise of the internet’s popularity, different programmers and developers designed a variety of web sites which enabled the users to gather information quicker and easier, to communicate with their loves ones and friends from other countries, and entertained them in their extra time. Because of the many benefits of the web sites, it’s popularity grew and lead to the development of different famous social networking sites of today.
As presented on an article about the statistical population of social networking site users and members entitled UserActivity: Comparison of Social Networking Sites, the three most famous and most visited social networking sites are Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as of 2012. It also presented the female-male ratio of the total users. Facebook has 40% of its members as male and 60% female with a population over 901 Million members and 7012.9 Million visitors. Twitter with 43% Male and 57% Female members of about 555 Million registered users and 182.1 Million visitors annually. Finally, Google+ has a population of 170 Million members, 61 Million visitors with a female-male ratio of 63% Male and 37% Female. (go-gulf.com; 2012)
These social networking sites’ popularity reached every country in the world even though most are based in the United Satetes. As stated on an article with an unknown author, the Philippines has ranked 8th of all the countries in the world that has the most number of members on Facebook (socialbakers.com). As presented on an article on Philippine Inquirer by Paolo Montecillio, the Philippines has ranked 10th of all the countries that has the most number of members on Twitter (Montecillio; 2012). This huge amount of social networking site members that are from the Philippines reflects how its citizens have been greatly influenced by the World Wide Web.However, the problem of too much use of these social networking sites also manifests in its users. In any excess of anything that is “good” can lead to something “bad”. According to an article hosted in www.guardchild.com, a global issue regarding social networking sites has been identified as Cyber Bullying. These bullying incidents don’t happen only to children but to users of all ages. More than 1 in 3 young people have been threatened online. 13% of teens who use social media (12-17) say they have had an experience on a social network that made them feel nervous about going to school the next day. Above 25% of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet. But sadly, Only 1 in 10 teens tells a parent if they have been a cyber bully victim. One in ten parents online (12%) around the world say their child has experienced cyber bullying. (guardchild.com) Although there are a few more issues that had been identified to be global, there are some issues that are specific to a country or place. According to an article by Tina G. Santos on Philippine Daily Inquirer, online social networking contributes to the rise in the cases of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome...