A Research Proposal Presented to the
Faculty of St. Mary’s College
Baganga, Davao Oreintal
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements in
Saint Mary’s College
Baganga, Davao Oriental
Social Networking Sites are increasingly popular nowadays. Many SNSdevelopers like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and others are competing to give the best features in terms of socialization, interaction, privacy and even entertainment. It is not surprising that many people are hooked on with these sites since it is free and easily accessible with the use of a computer connected to the internet and even with the use of a mobile phone that enables SNS applications or internet browsing. However, does SNS usage affect interpersonal relationships? Do people rely too much on the fastest way communicating on the internet despite the lack of face-to-face interaction? This research aims to determine the effects of SNS to the interpersonal relationships. It also focuses on analyzing the level of interpersonal relationship after using SNS. The research will then consider how social networking sites impact interpersonal relationship in the real world. This research is based on a survey of ____ purposively a third year and fourth year education student respondents that use social networking sites everyday with the status of their interpersonal relationship with family, friends, teachers and others as they use social networking sites.
THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND
Social Networking Sites (SNS) are one of the most popular topics being talked about by the students in St. Mary’s College. Examples of social networking sites are Friendster, Facebook, Twitter and Plurk. Social Networking Sites help us to communicate with our friends, classmates, and relatives but they also allow us to communicate with other people who share common interests with us. For instance a person added another person as a friend on Facebook since both of them is addicted on playing Restaurant City. Through these SNS, we develop virtual interpersonal relationships. An interpersonal relationship is a relatively long-term association between two or more people. This association may be based on emotions like love and liking, regular business interactions, or some other type of social commitments. Interpersonal relationships take place in a great variety of contexts, such as family, friends, marriage, acquaintances, and are the basis of social groups and society as a whole . Social networking sites influence the interpersonal relationship of students in many ways. Through social networking sites, users come to meet other people Worldwide. These people can affect the user’s interpersonal relationship with other people close to him/her. This influence can either be good or bad for the user. The researcher chose the topic about the influence of social networking sites to be studied because it is shown evidently that most of the students in St. Mary’s College use Social Networking Sites as part of their activities done in the internet. Many students always log into their account on Facebook, Friendster, etc. as a part of their everyday routine. Could you imagine the number of all the students logging in to these social networking sites, everyday? That would be millions of students logging in social networking sites. Why students are interested on these sites? Social networking sites typically offer many features and those features are positively the reason why many students are interested in checking out these sites. One of the general features of SNS is profiles. A profile contains all the information about the person plus their photos, videos, applications that they use and...