What are the impacts of social networking sites on an individual?-powerpoint


To find out more about the impact social networking sites have on peoples lives, I observed someone for an hour while they were on the internet. The person I observed was Grace-age 15. I knew this would be hard because she wouldn’t want me watching her over her shoulder and if I sat there with a piece of paper she would wonder what I was doing and become suspicious therefore I wouldn’t know what a ‘normal’ time on a social networking site was for her. To make myself as inconspicuous as possible I wrote my notes up on my phone so she would just think I was texting.

The first thing she did when she got on the computer was check her e mail accounts, this was her first time doing it that day and she had no new emails. After closing the websites down and logging out she continued to visit facebook. When she logged on she had 12 notifications, 2 new messages in her inbox and someone had already tried to start talking to her on facebook chat. The first thing she did was check her notifications which consisted of comments on pictures and statuses of her and also people leaving comments on her wall. She replied to the comments and then started a conversation on facebook chat with someone. While chatting this person she scrolled up and down on her news feed looking at what her ‘friends’ had posted on facebook such as pictures, statuses and groups they had joined etc and occasionally ‘liking’ something. She then went on a few peoples profiles and looked at their most recent pictures while simultaneously talking to a few people on facebook chat.

Still keeping the facebook page open, she then logs onto twitter. The first thing she does is check her replies. She dismisses a few as pointless and then goes back to the twitter timeline and scrolls up and down through peoples recent tweets. She then goes back to her replies and replies to the more ‘important’ tweets to her. After that she checks her retweets to see if anyone has ‘retweeted’ any of her tweets. She then goes back to the timeline and retweets tweets that she likes e.g tweets about her favourite artist, tweets that relate to her etc. After looking at her followers she realises that the number has gone down so she proceeds to website Twunfollow to see who has unfollowed her recently, then going back to twitter and unfollowing those people herself. She sits doing nothing for a little while then decides to start tweeting things, nothing of importance but just ‘random’ things. 

Once she has finished tweeting she heads back to facebook and she has new notifications/messages which she then checks and acts upon again. From what I can see social networking is a cycle, because from there she does the same things she did before, therefore repeating a cycle.

My survey


I created my survey online but in the end I had to print it out and distribute and collect the results manually. This website only allows you to access the results within the first 28 days of creating the survey and I had passed that time so I had to work everything out myself which was a real hinderence as it gave me less time to do other research methods.

Interview with a mature person


I interviewed my dad as a mature person on his views on social networking and the issues surrounding it. I had a few problems at first because when I asked the first question he answered all of my other ones within his answer so I struggled to find more questions. Overall it was a good interview and he gave me in depth, detailed answers to all my questions.

The results from my questionnaire-after a problem with my computer, I was unable to save my results, therefore I had to take a photo of them.

The results from my questionnaire-after a problem with my computer, I was unable to save my results, therefore I had to take a photo of them.

The results from my questionnaire-after a problem with my computer, I was unable to save my results, therefore I had to take a photo of them.

The results from my questionnaire-after a problem with my computer, I was unable to save my results, therefore I had to take a photo of them.

What is the impact of social networking sites on an individual?-Bad Sources


This is a bad source because anyone can write a question on here and anyone can answer it. The answers to the questions are just peoples opinions and they can also leave them anonymously. Many answers to questions contradict themselves.


This is a bad source because this is also just someones opinion on what qualifies as a twitter addiction. An addiction can be different for everyone so this is not reliable. It doesn’t say the actual name of the person who wrote the article, just a nickname and other people can also add to the article.


This is a bad source because it is biased. It is written on a parenting skills website which is very objective as most parents don’t like their children spending too much time online. The website is written by parents telling other parents that social networking sites are bad for their children’s health. It doesn’t tell you who wrote it and there is no date.

What is the impact of social networking sites on an individual?-Good Sources

-Can a person become too addicted?

-Can a person reveal too much information?

-Is social networking bad for your health/communication skills?

-Increase in cyberbullying?

-Does a person have more online ‘friends’ than real life friends?


By Pete Samson, 9th October 2010

· Article about actress Lindsay Lohan going to rehab over her Twitter addiction-talks about the details of her addiction and how she is resolving it

· How found-typed ‘twitter addiction’ into google

· Reliability-The Sun is the most read newspaper in the UK and the article is written by their US editor. The Sun is very good at getting celebrity news and Lindsay Lohan has admitted that this twitter addiction is true. The Sun is also known to exaggerate on stories even though the basic idea of this story is true. Article is quite recent.


· By Ed Pilkington, 30th September 2010

· Article about a boy who killed himself after a fellow student at his university posted on twitter that he was gay and also posted a video of him engaging in sexual activity with another man. The boy then wrote on his facebook that he was going to kill himself. The article explains the full story and how the person who posted this video is being prosecuted.

· How found- typed in Tyler Clementi on Yahoo

· Reliability-The Guardian is a reliable newspaper and the journalist has only written facts, not his own opinion. The article is from a week after the boy’s death


· By Alan Paterson, 19th January 2011

· Article about the dangers of sharing too much information on social networking sites · How found- typed in too much information on social networking sites on Bing

· Reliability-The article is someone’s opinion so I cannot fully trust it but the author has been writing articles on the website for 5 years

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7907766.stm · By Clare Murphy, 24th February 2009

· Article about the health risks from social networking. It talks about illnesses such as autism and ADHD and the impact it has on children’s social and communication skills

· How found-typed social network bad for your health into altavista

· Reliability-It is written by the BBC news health reporter and it has quotes from a journal written by a scientist. It was written in February last year so it might not be that useful as the information could be out of date

Book: New Media A Critical Introduction Second Edition, Authors: Martin Lister, Publisher: Routledge, pages 213-216

· By Martin Lister, Jon Dovey, Seth Giddings, Iain Grant and Kieran Kelly, 2009

· Passage about why people use social networking sites e.g a feeling of belonging, being with likeminded people, meeting people from around the world

· How found-read in the book

· Reliability-It is very reliable, the book uses quotes taken from scientific studies from multiple scientists and experts and compiled in a chronological way. One problem could be that the book is from 2009 and could be out of date. It also only mentions MySpace, Facebook and Bebo as social networking sites and doesn’t mention Twitter.


· By Daniel Bates, 14th January 2011

· Article about 2 girls who made a facebook page to bully a girl in their class at school. They doctored images of her and wrote offensive messages about her and the girl was unaware.

· How found-searched facebook cyberbullying on askjeeves

· Reliability-It is a true story written recently, the daily mail is a tabloid newspaper and is known to exaggerate so some of the details may or may not be true but the main story actually happened and talks about cyberbullying on facebook


By Robin Dunbar, 8th February 2010

Article about the number of friends people have on social networking sites. Talks about how the average person knows 150 people and how people add ‘’friends’’ they don’t know.

How found-searched too many friends social networking sites on Bing

Reliability-very reliable, The Times is a very trustworthy newspaper and the article is written by a professor at University of Oxford. It is taken from his book ‘’How many friends does one person need?’’


By BBC News night (interview with Susan Greenfield ), 25th January 2009

Video about how social networking sites can be bad for your health and how peoples brains can be altered by too much usage of social networking sites.

How found-searched social networking bad for health on Yahoo

Reliability-The video was featured on BBC News Night with Susan Greenfield who is a neuroscientist. The video is quite reliable as the people know what they are talking about but it is over 2 years old so many of the facts have probably changed.


By CBS News, 3rd October 2010

Video about revealing too much information on social networking sites talking about privacy settings and lack of boundaries. It also talks about why people reveal personal information and lie online.

How found-searched too much information social networking on Google

Reliability-CBS News is a major American news network. The video talks with scientists and other experts and it is fairly recent. The only issue could be that it is an American video so some of the issues might not be relevant to us in the UK.


By Aric Sigman, 19th February 2009 Article about the health risks of social networking sites.

It talks about how it reduces actual face to face communication which can increase the risk of illnesses such as cancer, strokes, heart disease and dementia. How found-typed into Google social networking bad for health

Reliability-The article is featured on Sky news so it is from a reliable source and the information is from Dr Sigman’s biology journal. The only issue would be the date it was written.

Research Ideas

What is the impact of social networking sites on people? -Are people too addicted? -Is it dangerous?

-Are young people ‘dumbing down’ due to social networking sites?

-Are people revealing too much information?

-Does social networking affect your social/communication skills?

-Increase in stalking?

-Increase in cyberbullying?

-Do people have more online ‘friends’ than real life friends?