English for Academic Writing
7th August 2012
The objective of this study is to explore the benefits of using Facebook on the activities done and information shared on Facebook. The data are collected using a questionnaire distributed to 90 undergraduate students of Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology (KICT) from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). The questionnaire contains the inquiry on how the use of Facebook can benefit students. The result of this study is important to measure the type of activities done and information sharing on Facebook that can benefit the students and others. This research found that the respondents have a variety of activities done and variety type of information shared on the Facebook. The good activities and information sharing among KICT students is important to make sure that the use of Facebook among students can benefit themselves and others.
Keywords: Facebook , type of activities, type of information sharing, benefit
Table of Content
Table of Content| 3|
Literature Review| 8|
Findings and Discussion| 11|
Conclusion and Recommendation| 15|
2.1 Background of study
Social networking sites (SNSs) such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Myspace, Bebo, Linkedln and many more have become a popular topic among us. Without anyone realizing, almost everyone will talk about SNS in their daily life. There are hundreds of SNSs that support a wide range of interests, focus and practices. For instance, Foursquare focuses on location based on mobile social network and Facebook, Twitter and Myspace are basically focuses on general. In addition, Facebook is the leading site for personal use while Linkedln is the leading site for business use. The most popular SNS is Facebook that has millions of active users. Facebook allows user to share and get connected all over the world. User may interact with people they may know offline and meet new people online. Besides, there are objects on the Facebook that user can interact with such as pages, groups, events, community pages, digital games on Facebook and so forth. User can find people that share common interests like hobbies, favourite music, television and others on the Facebook virtual groups. User will have their own personal profile and “friends” who can post comments, view each other’s profile and so on. Besides, there is also functionality like private messages, update status, “Like”, “Comment” and “Poke” friends. A life without Facebook is very difficult for students because that is the only way for them to communicate with other people, share and talk more about their experiences and emotions. One of the wonderful features on Facebook is “Share” that enables all type of information like latest issues, news, university activities, entertainments, notes, web links, photos and videos is spread widely through the Facebook. According to Sharifah, Siti, Jusang & Mohd (2011), “Facebook seems to be a strong attraction for students to go online because the web support the motivations like self-discovery, social enhancement, and interpersonal connectivity for them to join the site” (p. 96). Students can learn by what their friends share and other people posts on their wall. This can be called learn by a self-discovery where the students are free to discover new knowledge and gain experience from that. In addition, research by Sharifah et al. (2011, p.102) stated that, students tend to share information on Facebook due to save time and money as well as the fastest way to share information with others. Thus, people have variety of activities that can be done on Facebook as well as...