We took 30 samples from the whole population and equalized the number of males who took the survey with the number of females. We also took into consideration the age of the respondents as we could track whether older 4th year students would differ in web experience compared with the younger ones. Summarizing all the ideas in our survey, we basically want to know which part of the social Technographics ladder do these fourth year students belong and how far do they know about the different social computing tools present in the web.
II.Social IssuesThe main issue we chose for our group is the browsing behavior of fourth year high school students and their purpose in using the web. The group would basically want to find out what these young individuals do online and how they use the internet as a viable source of information as well as a tool for entertainment and leisure.
The group wants to see if what really do 4th year High School students of today use the net for - if they use the net more on chatting, on social networking, on researching, playing online games or on checking the mail. We want to find out the density of usage or which applications do they mostly use after successfully connecting to the web.
The group would also want to concentrate on Social Networking since it is one of the fastest growing trends of today (Washington Post, 2006). Millions of people participate in using these social sites and so we'd like to know the population of fourth year students who also take part in the usage of these sites. We would also consider the things these young individuals usually do in social networking sites as these sites offer a lot of features to choose from at which could keep them busy such as uploading media; searching for and building potential relationships; finding friends online; post blogs and bulletins; or just play games. This will let us know what makes fourth year students hooked to social networking sites.
Another issue would be the purpose of instant messaging to fourth year high school students. The generation today highly spends time chatting friends online in messenger softwares such as Yahoo Messenger and MSN Messenger and so our group gathered information regarding the things they mostly converse while chatting either with their friends, relatives or even people they don't even know.
For our next issue, we took into consideration two famous social networking sites namely Friendster and Multiply and made a comparison whether these 4th year high school students do more significant stuff on multiply than Friendster or vice-versa. This could really be competitive as both social sites contain all the six building blocks of social software.
We then looked to the issue whether 4th year high school students show their true identity online. A lot of people use pseudonyms to hide their identities online and represent a different person behind the username. Some issues like gays trying to meet boys and so they disguised themselves as women so men would get attracted to them are some cases where hiding their true identity really became of benefit to them. Other issues include using alternative names in creation of blogs online. Blogs are online journals and is very convenient for a lot of people to post blogs instead of writing them in paper. We would want to check whether the target users show their true identities or not based on the users that create them.
Last but not the least; we want to see the ratio of students who have built personal relationships in those mentioned social networking sites. We...