The Effects of Excessive Use of Facebook to the Study Habits

With the introduction and popularity of the internet brought an even smaller world. People from miles away could easily talk to one another without the use of a pen and paper. Snail mails are only done for important documents and birthday, Christmas or Valentines cards. Telegraphs is an alien term for youngsters and nothing but a part of history. The most common thing used for communicating, especially those who are countries apart, is social networking sites. Text messaging is convenient but communicating through social networking sites is free and even more convenient with options such as wall posts and chatting.

Social networking sites as such Myspace paved the way through one of the best creations of the decade, Facebook. Facebook is arguably the most popular networking website of today. Everyone from the young to the old is using Facebook, it as an efficient way of communicating and finding old friends. Apart from Facebook being a new and interesting way to interact with friends and family, there is a lot more things to do while logged on to the site. Users could play games, use other fun applications such as horoscopes, love tallies and typing challenges, find new friends and hunt crushes and guard significant others online.

This paper presents the excessive use of Facebook to the study habits of BC 25 students of Silliman University in four parts. The first part provides a brief overview of Facebook. The second mentions the positive and negative effects of Facebook to the users. The third cites arguments against the excessive Facebook use. The final part presents the result of the survey with BC 25 students from Silliman University regarding the effects of Facebook use to them. The survey results support the claim that excessive use of Facebook worsens the study habits of students.

Facebook is an online community and way for students t communicate with each other and it will continue to be something that students will enjoy and use it daily. (Advantages of Social Networking, 2010). “The history of Facebook is not about a driven individual who wants toconquer the world. It is more abut a geeky and somewhat reclusive teenager who stumbled upon a pot of gold by chance, and then milked it well to turn it into one of the most popular and talked about faces of the Internet technology, ever (The History of Facebook, 2006).

Mark Zuckerberg, together with three other students, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, founded Facebook. The founders limited the membership only to Harvard students but later on, some colleges in the Boston area like the ivy league Stanford university were opened for membership. It then opened to high school students and then to anyone 13 and above (The History of Facebook, 2008). In the beginning, there was Harvard and only Harvard. Facebook was created as a way for Mark Zuckerberg and other Harvard students to keep in touch over the internet and get to know each other (The History of facebook, 2009).

Facebook, Inc. owns the most successful technology and social networking website today. It has more than 600 million users and members way back January 2011. US’ university administrations give books to students at the start of the school year for the purpose of helping the students get to know each other and this is where Facebook got its name (The History of Facebook, 2008). Facebook is such a very successful network. This is because almost all of us who knows how to use the internet knows the “pros and cons of Facebook. And there is no other way for Facebook to move but forward for a “true global revolution (The History of Facebook, 2008). Originally, the website was called “The Facebook” but Zuckerberg dropped “the” from the name in 2005. A high school student should be invited first. Companies are also allowed to have networks on the website after launching the high school version (The History of Facebook, 2009). In the article “the History of facebook” it stated that Facebook has a certain difference with myspace in terms of purpose.

Facebook’s main purpose is the privacy of the member’s profile while myspace is just connecting everyone without privacy. Facebook is just mainly for people in school and in jobs (The history of Facebook, 2008). Facebook is just something fun to be used to keep in touch with friends and family as well as it is a good way of getting ahead in business (Wadas, 2009). With Facebook use comes positive and negative effects. Students should be conscious in interacting with others on facebook as well as the professionals in representing themselves in the online communities.

Those who are also involved in playing Facebook will have no difficulty in entering and they can easily look for their lost friends ad long as they use Facebook. Students can log-in at a time which is convenient for them and see what is new with the student organizations about schedule changes or announcements (Wadas, 2009). Facebook users can eventually make hundreds of friends and a good way for the University to learn students’ interests and concerns (Advantages of social networking sites, 2010).