The Effects of Social Networking Sites on the Academic Performance of Grade 7 Students

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CHAPTER 1
THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND

INTRODUCTION
Based on the studies today , social media has influenced students to rely on the accessibility of information that is available on the internet .The students are reduced on focusing on their learning as well as on retaining the information. In the Philippines the quality of education is getting low because of the short period of education ,so that’s why the K to12 became was born. The K to 12 Program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. Program implementation in public schools is being done in phases starting SY 2012–2013. Grade 1 entrants in SY 2012–2013 are the first batch to fully undergo the program, and current 1st year Junior High School students (or Grade 7) are the first to undergo the enhanced secondary education program. In addition, some of the students open social networking sites while they search the internet and even after they study. These students cannot concentrate on their study thus they fail on their class recitations, quizzes and exams. Social networking sites such as Facebook are popular today to highschool students especially Grade 7 students . Almost all Grade 7 students use social networking sites. Social media may have a positive impact on Grade 7 students sense of themselves in the community. Social media-using students were twice as likely as other students to feel well-liked by their peers and to participate in extracurricular activities. Negative effects abound .If Grade 7 students use social networking sites even before or after they study they cannot focus enough to their studies. Social networking sites can be very addictive to young students ,they would rather spend more time in updating their profile status than to read their notes ,therefore it results in failing their subjects. The presecence of social networking sites can affect a Grade 7 student’s grades if they don’t strive on their studies. Social networking sites cannot really affect on a students academic performance if they study hard and focus on their studies. It is on how the student use the site on either for just enjoyment or for their studies. If the student continues to use it on just for their enjoyment it will be hard for him or her to cope with their studies in resulting on failing their studies.

BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY

The world is now in the age that technology is valued more then commodities. Where people find out so many things in an easy way and in a shorter time, and being able to communicate or to be connected to people around the world by means of social network services. Social network is a site that tied people, it is made up of individuals who are connected by one or more specific types of independency , such as friendship, common interest , financial exchange , dislike , and knowledge. The first recognized social network site SixDegree.com launched in 1997 it allowed users to create profiles , list their friends and beginning in 1998 surf the friends list. Each of these features existed in some form before Six Degrees .Profiles existed on most major dating sites and many community sites . Six Degrees was the first to combine these features . Six Degrees promoted itself as a tool to help people connect with and send messages to others .While Six Degrees attracted millions of users , it failed to become a sustainable business and in 2000 , the service closed. In 2002 ,social networking hit really its stride with the launch of Friendster. Friendster used a degree of separation concept concept similar to that of the now-defunct Six Degrees.com...
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