In our modern world today, where in everything seems to change instantly and technologies innovates in a blink of an eye, ways of communication also keeps up with the trend. From having snail mails, which takes so much time and effort to be sent, keeping friends updated to current news of everyday life was impossible, nowadays, that speaking to friends and relatives around the globe was just a click away and updating them is as easy as one, two, and three. It has become possible through the invention of different devices, services, and processes. The most popular is what we call today as Social Networking Sites.
Social Networking Sites are a web-based service that focuses on building and reflecting of social relations among people. It’s service essentially consists of a representation of each user (often a profile), his/her social links, and a variety of additional services.(Marjo)It allows users to share ideas, activities, events and interests with in the individual networks (Wikipedia). It bridges the gap between people separated by seas, oceans, and continents.
This study focuses on the effects of being a member in social networking sites could have on student’s study habits. It is obvious that almost all individuals who use these types of services are students due to the fact that nowadays is the generation that computers and internets are not just wants but needs. Many studies about this has been made and currently on-going and the researchers yearns to contribute to better understanding and explanation of the issues arises about social networking sites especially when it comes to student’s study habits. This study will attest whether social networking help student in their way of studying or not. Does it apply to all or only to a few students? What are the effects of it to their study habits? These questions will be answered at the end of the study.
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Online Social Networking is the most popular hobby and the newest trend of communication (next to texting) among young adults with approximately 583 million users around the globe and over 19 million or 3.27% are Filipino users. The Philippines is actually considered as the “Text Capital of the World” for always being the first and the best in every new invention. In fact, the Philippines is the first to register in Facebook and always be next in line when a new cell phone was being launched in the market. (Carballo 2010)
It was started in the form of generalized online communities such as Theglobe.com (1994) Geocites (1995) and Tripod.com (1995). Many of these early communities focused on bringing people together to interact with each other via personal web pages by providing easy-to-use publishing tools and free or inexpensive web space. SixDeegrees.com was the first recognizable social network site launched in 1997. It allows users to create profiles and list their friends, in year 1998 surfing the friends list has already been accessible.(mae) Some communities – such as Classmates.com – took a different approach by simply having people link to each other via email addresses. In the late 1990’s, user profiles became a central feature of social networking sites, allowing users to compile list of “friends” and search for other user with similar interests. New social networking methods were developed by the end of the 1990s and many sites began to develop more advance features for users to find and manage friends. This newer generation of social networking sites began to flourish with the emergence of Friendster in 2002, and soon became part of the Internet mainstream. Friendster was allowed by Myspace and LinkedIn a year later, and finally Bebo. Attesting to the rapid increase in social networking sites’ popularity, by 2005, MySpace was reportedly getting more page views than Google. Facebook, launched in 2004, since become the largest social networking site in the world. (Wikipedia.com)...
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