Internet & Facebook Use & Abuse

4365 Words Apr 23rd, 2012 18 Pages
Internet Use and Abuse 1. Statement of the Problem
Technology has advanced greatly in the last 20 years. The greatest advancement was the way we communicate. The Internet and Cell-phones have changed the way information is shared, the way we communicate and the way many of us spend our days. I find this all very interesting. I am now 23 and I have witnessed the world change from, house phones and letters, to the Internet and cell-phones. I remember when my family got caller ID for our home phone and I remember when the Internet was slow and nothing but simple text filled websites. I was always good with computer and electronics, even as a kid, my parents could never understand them and I had no problem.
As I got into high
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Only 5 out of 337 participants had a cell-phone, and surprisingly 45 participants had more then one cell-phone (C. Jenaro et al. 312). When asked how much time participants spent per week on their cell-phone, 75% said less than 1 hour per week, and 15 participants used their cell-phone more then 4 hours a week (C. Jenaro et al. 312). This study is from 2006, which is a time when Smartphones were in their infancy, and this is apparent by the study which did not even ask if people surfed the internet on their cell-phones. Only 2 participants (.59%) said that they used instant messaging (Internet based messaging) on their cell-phone (C. Jenaro et al. 312).
Facebook Usage
A study on Facebook titled A Two-Process View of Facebook Use and Relatedness Need-Satisfaction: Disconnection Drives Use, and Connection Rewards It, showed some very alarming results. According to the study, “Facebooking has become near-epidemic in college populations (Sheldon, Abad and Hinsch 766). The first part of the study, surveyed 1002 participants from University of Missouri. The participants consisted of 436 males and 563 females. The results showed that 960 out of 1002 participants have a Facebook page, which is more than 95% of the participants. Also out of the 1002 participants, 78% access the site at least twice per day. These results could indicate “an obsession