APPRAISING FACEBOOK USAGE AMONG STUDENTS ( EDUCATION PROJECT TOPICS AND MATERIALS)
- Background to the Study
Moral panic is a common reaction to new forms of communication. The advent of television spawned fears of mass idolization. Similarly, in the early 90’s, critics held the diffusion of internet as evidence of individual’s increasing alienation from society and public life. The story with social network site such as, Facebook is not any different; unsafe disclosure of information, cyber bullying, addiction, risky behaviour and contacting dangerous communities are but a few of the concerns raised in the media about the use of online social networks.
Before the emergence of Facebook, the methods of communication used were face-to-face conversations, phone calls, text message, hand-written letters or cards, e-mails, instant messages etc. and all these are called modern means of communication.
Communication can therefore be said to be, the process of sharing ideas, information and messages with others at a particular time and place. There are diverse means of communication but are all classified into two, which are:
- Traditional means of communication.
- Modern means of communication.
Facebook has recently attracted considerable attention among researchers. As a social networking site, Facebook can be defined as an online platform where users create profiles, generate and share contents and information, interact with other individuals which cloud be known and unknown. It can also be said to be a social directory that enables people to share information. Facebook has experienced vast expansion during the last few years, leading to extensive use by people from all walks of life. As of May 2012, according to Facebook’s consumer report survey, Facebook has over 900 million active users and as experienced an annual growth of 45.2%.