The Social Impact of Facebook on Tertiary Students

Essay, 2013

17 Pages, Grade: 3.3


Table of Contents


1.1 Abstract
1.2 Introduction
1.3 Methodology

2. Discussion
2.1 The usage pattern
2.2 Peer relationship
2.3 Family relationship
2.4 The views on Facebook

3. Conclusion

4. Works cited

5. Appendixes


The items in the figures are listed in the clockwise manner starting from the 12 o’clock position. (E.g. in Figure 2.3, 40% of interviewees spent 40% use Whatsapp, 30% use Face to Face, 12% use Facebook etc.)

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1.1 Abstract

This research investigates into the impact of Facebook on tertiary student in HKU SPACE Community College. This reserach is conducted due to the popularity boom of Facebook recently occured and 50 questionnaires are given out as a result, supplemented by second-hand data.

From our findings, we conclude that Facebook does not vary lives much, especially to family relasionship. However, it do make our peer relationship closer. By large, Facebook receives positive views from tertiary students, but still, there are certain negative impacts that a tertiary students may be prone to when using Facebook.

1.2 Introduction

The issue of Facebook addictions has sparked vigorous discussions in Hong Kong. It is no question that one can easily find a person visiting the Facebook site on the MTR. A recent report published on 31st December last year shows the number of Facebook users from a total of 213 countries and regions. In Hong Kong, there are 4,034,560 Facebook users, that is 56.4% of the population, ranked 12th in Asia. In other words, 74.5% of the Internet users are Facebook users. The reason behind the attractiveness of Facebook is worth to be examined.

Knowing why Facebook is attractive is vital in reversing the trend of Facebook addiction, which is disastrous to tertiary students in many of their scopes of life. There has already been scientific research showing the negative impacts Facebook can do to young adults psychologically. Young adults become excessively prone to narcissism and other psychological disorders such as absenteeism, insomnia and depression. Besides, Facebook reduces reading retention, consequently resulting in lower grades in tests and other schoolwork.

Impressed by how Facebook can effect our studies, discovering the link between Facebook and the daily relationship tertiary students encounter, including their family ties and peer ties, would be somehow worthwhile. This is the main reason why this report is hereby written, in relation to the present situation.

1.3 Methodology

The objective of this research report is to examine the impact of Facebook on social relationships of tertiary students. The survey was conducted at the Kowloon East Campus of School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong. 50 questionnaires were distributed subsequently, in which all of them were returned. You may refer to appendix 1 for the questionnaire sample.

The questionnaire is arranged in two main parts: the impact of Facebook on peer relationship, and on family relationship. There are a total of 11 questions throughout the questionnaire. For the two main parts, there are 8 questions, with 4 the former, and another 4 for the latter. Limitations of this research includes the followings: inability in representing tertiary students from other institutes, inability in reflecting all factors affecting social relationships, inaccuracy in result due to small sample size (supporting data such as books, periodicals and authoritative electronic sources is used as remedy) and possible dishonest answers, as well as misinterpretation of the questions.

2. Discussion

2.1 The usage pattern

From the figure 2.1, nearly 4 out of 5 respondents spent 5-7 days on Facebook per week, which can be inferred as that Facebook is a prevalent social network for HKU SPACE students. Only 22% of respondents spent time on Facebook for 4 days or less per week, in which the percentage for 1-2 days is 14% and for 3-4 days is 8%.

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According to the research, which was done by Breakthrough Limited in 2010, the average time spent on Facebook by Hong Kong teenagers, who are 10-29 years old, per person, is 7.8 hours per week. This indicates that they spend around 1.1 hours on Facebook per day. It is similar to almost half of the respondents in our survey. Figure 2.2 indicates that 48% of interviewees spent less than 1 hour, around 4 out of 10 respondents spent 1-3 hours and 14% of them spent more than 4 hours, on Facebook per day. For this we may presume that HKUSPACE students are not addicted to Facebook and it does not make an obvious disturbance to their daily lives.

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2.2 Peer relationship

Before we conduct the questionnaire, we assume that Facebook is the most prevalent social communication network for HKUSPACE due to the statistics we have got about the number of Facebook users in Hong Kong we mentioned in our introduction. However, according to Figure 2.3, only 12% of respondents indicated Facebook as their usual communication media with friends. The messaging service on smartphones - Whatsapp, however, is the most popular one among the respondents, which occupies almost half of the pie in Figure 2.3. Nevertheless, it is still our interest to investigate the impacts of Facebook on tertiary students because from the previous section, we have noticed their high frequency usage of it such that coming to a conclusion that they are habitual users is not deviating. Also, we would like to deduce the reasons why Facebook occupies a small pie in Figure 2.3 than Whatsapp.


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The Social Impact of Facebook on Tertiary Students
The University of Hong Kong  (School of Professional and Continuing Education)
English for Professional and Academic Purposes II
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Kwan Lung Chan (Author), 2013, The Social Impact of Facebook on Tertiary Students, Munich, GRIN Verlag,


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