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    Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION Background of the Study Nowadays, almost everyone connects through social networking sites. I¶ve heard people tell an acquaintance, ? Yeah, I think I¶ve seen you in (insert site here)!?. Surprisingly, that gets the conversation going especially if you share the same interests as your New Found Friend (Villaraza, 2007). Nowadays, online networking is not only about friendship, but also about different possibilities which it provides to its users.

    Friendster, which is one of the social networking sites to look for friends, ones dominates Philippines in terms of social networking but as we go to the trend, Filipinos have moved on to Facebook, which is currently the biggest and the most popular among social networking sites (Abano, 2010). It is said that Facebook had become a part of our life. Facebook provides features which gives benefits to its users. However, as we are getting hooked to Facebook, becoming a Facebook addict is inevitable. Facebook is just so addictive, it¶s better to get logged on than to finish my project in the morning? , a classmate of mine said (Villaraza, 2007). Hence, the researchers seek for the objectives why most Filipinos are hooked on Facebook. 1 Objectives 1. To determine the effects of Facebook to the Filipino users. 2. To recognize the advantages and disadvantages of using Facebook. 3. To discuss why Filipinos like Facebook. 4. To know the signs of Facebook Addiction. 5. To find out the steps how to cope Facebook Addiction. Research Questions 1.

    To what extent do the Filipinos use Facebook as their social networking site? 2. Why Filipinos are easily hooked to Facebook? 3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using Facebook? 4. What are the effects of Facebook to the Filipino users? 5. What will happen to the Filipino users if Facebook will be gone? 6. What are the signs of getting addicted to Facebook? Importance of the Study This study is important because it will benefit the following: Family Students It helps them to keep in touch with their relatives in province and abroad.

    It can be used as a medium in learning and teaching. 2 Definition of Terms Applications ± (a. k. a Facebook games) are one of the past times in Facebook. Facebook ± the most popular social networking site in the world which provides many features to its users Facebook Addiction ± the devotion and habitually or compulsively playing or visiting Facebook Habit ± a pattern of behavior acquired by frequent repetition Liker ± the term dedicated to a person who ? likes? a status, photo, comment, video or even another page in Facebook Logged In ± a state of being ? resent? in Facebook Notifications ± allow users to keep track of all the most recent notifications of his / her friends Online ± a state of being connected to the Internet Search Engines ± are helpful tools in the web browser / websites used to give you external links to other web pages on the web correlating to the terms you have typed in it Social Networking ± a kind of business wherein one socializes with others via Internet Status Updates ± allow users to post messages for all heir friends to read Tagging ± labeling the part of a photo to one of your friends on Facebook. You can also tag friends even in videos 3 Wall ± a space on each user¶s profile page that allows friends to post messages for the user to see while displaying the time and date when the message was written 4 Chapter 2 TAKING A LOOK AT FACEBOOK History According to Wikipedia (http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Facebook), Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.

    The website’s membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities before opening to high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over. The name of the service stems from the colloquial name for the book given to students at the start of the academic year by university administrations in the US with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better.

    What is Facebook? According to Wikipedia (http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Facebook), Facebook (stylized facebook) is a social network service and website launched in February 2004 that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. It is now the most popular social networking site in the world which provides many features to its users. As of January 2011, Facebook has more than 600 million active users. Users may create a personal profile, add other users as friends and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile.

    Additionally, users may join common interest user groups, organized by workplace, school, or college, or other characteristics. Facebook allows 5 anyone who declares themselves to be at least 13 years old to become a registered user of the website. Today, Facebook is the biggest social networking website, with millions of members all over the world. It has even surpassed search engines when it comes to user views (Berry, 2011). Facebook Features The researchers have listed the most commonly used features that can be found on the Facebook website. Chat – On April 5, 2008, Facebook pre-released Facebook Chat.

    As of April 23, 2008, Facebook Chat was released to the entire Facebook user base. Users are only able to chat with their Facebook friends and on a one-to-one basis, although a user may chat with multiple friends simultaneously through separate chat interfaces. Instant messaging clients that currently support Facebook Chat include AOL Instant Messenger, eBuddy, Flock, Miranda IM, Trillian, Empathy, Digsby, Pidgin, Adium, Nimbuzz, FIM (Windows Mobile / Windows Phone 7), Palringo (Windows Mobile), Meebo, Tokbox as well as QIP Infium with a Firefox plugin.

    Windows Live Messenger 2011 (Wave 4) can connect to Facebook as well. Facebook Chat can also be run on the desktop using Gabtastik, a dedicated web chat browser. On May 13, 2008, a Facebook developer announced that they are working on XMPP support, allowing hundreds of instant messaging clients to interoperate with the service; this functionality became operational on February 10, 2010. Some Facebook help article containing all the information required to connect most popular XMPP supporting IM clients to Facebook’s chat service is available.

    Messages and Inbox – Since the website’s founding, it has allowed users to send messages to each other. A facebook user can send a message to any number of his/her friends at a time. Deleting a message from one’s inbox does not delete it from the inbox of other users, thus 6 disabling a sender to redo a message sent by him. On November 15, 2010, Facebook announced a new “Facebook Messages” service. In a media event that day, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “It’s true that people will be able to have a @facebook. com email addresses, but it’s not email. The launch of such a feature had been anticipated for some time before the announcement, with some calling it a “Gmail killer. ” The system, to be available to all of the website’s users, combines text messaging, instant messaging, emails, and regular messages, and will include privacy settings similar to those of other Facebook services. Networks, Groups, and Like Pages – Facebook allows different networks and groups to which many users can join. It also allows privacy settings on basis of networks. Groups are used for discussions and events etc.

    Groups are a way of enabling a number of people to come together online to share information and discuss specific subjects. They are increasingly used by clubs, companies and public sector organizations to engage with stakeholders – be they members of the public, employees, members, service users, shareholders or customers. A group includes but is not limited to the following: the members who have joined, recent news contents, wall contents, photos, posted items, videos and all associated comments of such items. In this respect, groups are similar to pages but contain more features.

    Groups are limited to 300 groups per user, though it is possible to find some users with more than 300 groups because it was possible to dodge this limit in a few ways, until recently when they fixed those exploits. The urls of group pages start with http://www. facebook. com/group… and do not include the name of the group. Individuals or companies can create “Like Pages” which allows fans of an individual, organisation, product, service, or concept to join a facebook fan club. Like Pages look and behave much like a user’s personal private profile, with some significant differences.

    Public Profiles are integrated with Facebook’s advertising system, allowing Public Profile owners to easily advertise to Facebook’s users. Owners can send updates to their fans, which shows up on their home page. They also have access to insights and analytics of their fan base. Early on, users had the option to “become a fan” of the page until 19 April 2010 when the option was later changed to “like” the page. While an individual with a personal profile can 7 acquire up to 5,000 friends, a “Like Page” can have an unlimited number of “Likers”. Like Pages” can also be customized by adding new Tabs using the Static FBML application. This powerful feature can bring additional functionality to a page such as e-mail collection, specialized content, or a landing page for sales activity. The urls of “Like Pages” start with http://www. facebook. com/pages… and do include the name of the individual etc. liked. News Feed – On 6 September 2006, Ruchi Sangvhi announced a new home page feature called News Feed. Originally, when users logged into Facebook, they were presented with a customizable version of their own profile.

    The new layout, by contrast, created an alternative home page in which users saw a constantly updated list of their friends’ Facebook activity. News Feed highlights information that includes profile changes, upcoming events, and birthdays, among other updates. This has enabled spammers and other users to manipulate these features by creating illegitimate events or posting fake birthdays to attract attention to their profile or cause. News Feed also shows conversations taking place between the walls of a user’s friends.

    An integral part of the News Feed interface is the Mini-Feed, a news stream on the user’s profile page that shows updates about that user. Unlike in the News Feed, the user can delete events from the Mini-Feed after they appear so that they are no longer visible to profile visitors. Initially, the addition of the News Feed caused some discontent among Facebook users. Many users complained that the News Feed was too cluttered and full of undesired information. Others were concerned that the News Feed made it too easy for other people to track activities like changes in relationship status, events, and conversations with other users.

    This tracking is often casually referred to as “Facebook-Stalking?. In response to this dissatisfaction, creator Mark Zuckerberg issued an apology for the site’s failure to include appropriate customizable privacy features. Thereafter, users were able to control what types of information were shared automatically with friends. Currently, users may prevent friends from seeing updates about several types of especially private activities, although other events are not customizable in this way.

    With the introduction of the “New Facebook” – in early February 2010 came a total redesign of the pages, several new features and changes to 8 News Feeds. On their personal Feeds (now integrated with Walls), users were given the option of removing updates from any application as well as choosing the size they show up on the page. Furthermore, the community feed (containing recent actions by the user’s friends) contained options to instantly select whether to hear more or less about certain friends or applications.

    Notifications – Notifications of the more important events, for example, someone sharing a link on the user’s wall or commenting on a post the user previously commented on, briefly appear for a few seconds in the bottom left as a popup message (if the user is online), and a red counter is updated on the toolbar at the top, thus allowing the user to keep track of all the most recent notifications. Phone – On September 2010, rumors of a “Facebook Phone” similar to Google’s Android, circulated in business and tech industry news. In an interview with well-known technology blog Techcrunch, CEO Mark Zuckerberg as noted to have said, “Our strategy is very horizontal. We’re trying to build a social layer for everything,” while denying that they were attempting to compete with the Apple iPhone or Android. Poke – The poke feature is intended to be a “nudge” to attract the attention of another user. Many Facebook users use this feature to attract attention or say “hello” to their friends. A previous version of Facebook’s FAQ gave additional insight into the origin of the feature, stating: “When we created the poke, we thought it would be cool to have a feature without any specific purpose.

    People interpret the poke in many different ways, and we encourage you to come up with your own meanings. ” There are several applications on Facebook which extend the idea of the poke feature by allowing users to perform other actions to their friends? such as “kick” or “wave to”. People often reciprocate pokes back and forth until one side gives up, an event known as a “Poke War”. 9 Status Updates – Facebook has a feature called “status updates” (also referred to simply as “status”) which allows users to post messages for all their friends to read.

    In turn, friends can respond with their own comments, and also press the “Like” button to show that they enjoyed reading it. A user’s most recent status update appears on the user’s wall, and is also noted in the “Recently updated” section of a user’s friend list. Originally, the purpose of the feature was to allow users to inform their friends of their current “status” (for example, their current feelings, whereabouts, or actions) by referring to themselves in the third person (for example, “George is happy” or “John is with Robert at his house”). However, users are no longer required to write in the third person.

    Facebook originally prompted the status update with “Username is… ” and Facebook users filled in the rest. However, on December 13, 2007, the requirement to start a status update with ? is? was removed. The question “What are you doing right now? ” was introduced. In March 2009, the status update question was changed from “What are you doing right now? ” to “What’s on your mind?? In 2009, Facebook added the feature to tag certain friends (or groups etc. ) within one’s status update by adding an @ character before their name, turning the friend’s name into a link to their profile and including the message on the friend’s wall.

    URL shortener – On December 14, 2009, Facebook launched its own URL shortener based on FB. me domain name. From that point on, all links based on facebook. com can be accessed under fb. me, which are seven characters shorter. Usernames – Starting June 13, 2009, Facebook introduced a feature that allowed users to choose a Facebook username to make user location easier. The user is able to direct others to their page through a simple link such as www. facebook. com/username rather than an otherwise complex 10 URL. This feature on Facebook quickly spread, with more than 1 million users registering usernames in the first three hours.

    Usernames are now available to any existing or newly registered user. According to the FAQ, “Facebook reserves the right to remove and/or reclaim any username at any time for any reason”. Wall – The Wall is a space on each user’s profile page that allows friends to post messages for the user to see while displaying the time and date the message was written. One user’s Wall is visible to anyone with the ability to see his or her full profile, and different users’ Wall posts show up in an individual’s News Feed. Many users use their friends’ Walls for leaving short, temporal notes.

    More private discourse is saved for messages, which are sent to a user’s inbox, and are visible only to the sender and recipient(s) of the message, much like email. In July 2007, Facebook allowed users to post attachments to the Wall, whereas previously the Wall was limited to text only. In May 2008, the Wall-to-Wall for each profile was limited to only 40 posts. Recently Facebook has allowed users to insert html code in boxes attached to the wall via apps like Static FBML which has allowed marketers to track use of their fan pages with Google Analytics (Wikipedia, 2011). 11 Chapter 3

    FACEBOOK AS A PART OF OUR LIVES Effects of Facebook to its Users 1. Advantages of using Facebook If you have an account on Facebook, you can actually notice that there are lots of advantages which you can get from Facebook. Most of us, Filipinos, think that using Facebook is just like looking for friends, or playing with the addictive applications in it. There are 4 main advantages of Facebook. Most of us use Facebook for certain reasons. These are as follows: For communication ± In one of the discussions in mylot. com, mimiang, a member of mylot, states that she uses Facebook to communicate people.

    She implied that Facebook (particularly to sending messages) is more convenient than writing letters since her relatives is in the province and most of her friends are in abroad. Since most of us are using Facebook, we could also communicate to online friends via Facebook Chat. For entertainment – Most of us use Facebook when we¶re too bored and we want to do something in our leisure time. The most popular forms 12 of entertainment in Facebook are the applications. Wikipilipinas compiled the list of mostly played Facebook game applications.

    These are the Mafia Wars, Pet Society, FarmVille and Restaurant City. For having friends – It is easy and painless to make friends on Facebook (Helium). Friendster, which is one of the social networking sites to look for friends, ones dominates Philippines in terms of social networking but as we go to the trend, Filipinos have moved on to Facebook. You can search for friends and like what was said a while ago, you can easily communicate with him / her. There¶s even a friend suggestion which recommends you to add a friend which your fellow friend has added.

    For business – Do you know that you can use Facebook for business purposes too? ?As social marketing has become more of an obviously tier – one communication channel, educational institutions and self-made gurus have sprung up to offer insights, advice, and tools for leveraging them. The Asian Institute of Management has introduced an elective to its degree programs, focusing on social networks for business. Another indicator was the use of social networks to coordinate relief efforts in the aftermath of two devastating typhoons, Pepeng and Ondoy? (Hamlin, 2009).

    In addition to letting you socialize and keep in touch with people, these keep you updated on anyone or everyone¶s status. Some people use this website for business and some of them post announcement if they are in need of people and help. But always be reminded that not all of you find on the Internet can be trusted. Alwatys make sure that the job is real and the people can be trusted. If you are in doubt, make calls and surf for references or reviews of these companies or people (Magsuci, 2010). Education means of using Facebook falls under business category. 13

    To have an overview of what advantages do most Filipino users apply, the researchers conducted a study with regards the discussions of several Filipinos on mylot. com about the Filipinos¶ use of networking sites (particularly Facebook). The members of mylot. com came from different parts of the Philippines. The researchers made a pie graph of what advantages or main purposes do some Filipino members of mylot. com do in visiting Facebook. 1 % 33% For communication For entertainment 28% For having friends For business 22% *Results showed that majority of Filipinos use Facebook for communication means. . Disadvantages of using Facebook Aside from the advantages above which a user can have in using Facebook, you can also get ? side effects? or simply bad effects while using Facebook. These are as follows: 1 ? Privacy – Last 2010, people was shocked from Facebook¶s removal of information from profiles. But luckily, it turns out that the removed data has not been deleted from Facebook¶s servers, just made unreachable by the new interface (NYT, 2010). Most of the people don¶t like their personal information removed from their profiles. A user may let anyone to know his / her personal information.

    According to Beth Day Romulo, it gives her an uneasy feeling why the facts of her life are instantly available to anyone without her permission. Her reaction to the fact that this kind of information is somehow an ? invasion of privacy? is becoming more common. Recently, a group of American college students have gone public, not with more personal data but with the observation that all that stuff about them may be a liability when they go to get a job. Who needs to know your favorite music, how often you go for a beer with friends, whether you ever drink too much, how you do or don¶t score with the opposite sex?

    This is not the stuff employer needs to know (Romulo, 2010). Getting Lazy – We know that technology makes our work easier and faster, but it makes us lazy and unproductive, and so was our daily use of Facebook. Jason, 42, Account Manager ± Kids are getting lazier because it concerns physical activity, but not otherwise. So have their parents. I think the reason is that these generations of teens have been raised with so many technological ways to entertain themselves (internet, texting, video games, etc. ) that they have never acquired the habit of doing physical things for fun.

    Not much time to ride bikes, play ? patintero? or ? tumbang preso,? or Frisbee, etc. when one is hanging out in the house watching the big screen while texting and posting on Facebook« (Bautista, 2010). New Communication Patterns – Traditional social communication patterns have also undergone some changes. Via Facebook, people can 15 µtalk¶ directly to the individuals they like. Facebook diminishes the embarrassment and anxiety related to real life communication. The new communication patterns are much straightforward and less dependent on etiquette and socially-established norms.

    The question on researchers¶ minds is whether online social networking allows children to become more connective and supportive to their friends – or whether the quality of their interactions is being diminished without the intimacy and emotional give and take of regular, extended face-to-face time. Writing in The Future of Children, a journal produced through collaboration between the Brookings Institution and the Woodrow Wilson Center at Princeton University, Kaveri Subrahmanyam and Patricia M. Greenfield, psychologists at California State University, Los Angeles, and U. C. L. A. espectively, noted: ? Initial qualitative evidence is that the ease of electronic communication may be making teens less interested in face-toface communication with their friends (NYT, 2010). Habitual Play on Facebook Another disadvantage is that one may habitually play Facebook applications. You may think about your farm or your restaurant even when you¶re at work or in a business meeting. You¶re more worried that your plants will wilt and your food will be spoiled. (Jusay, 2009). You may think of those things other than your real work on life and even your social relationships with the people.

    Continuous and compulsively use of Facebook may cause you to be a Facebook addict. 16 Chapter 4 HOOKED ON FACEBOOK 1. ?Why do Filipinos thrive in online social networks?? According to the article of Philstar, ? News Report: RP Population on Facebook is world¶s sixth largest. Several Filipinos of different places was asked to answer, ? Why do Filipinos thrive in online social networks?? The site was updated last November 11, 2010 ± 12:00 AM, and the comments are categorized into different reasons. These are the following categories: It¶s the Trend – According to Joan Cejes of Makati City, ?

    Kasi yun ang uso, Tayong mga Pinoy, mahilig sa uso, magpauso at makigaya sa kung ano ang uso. Sa ngayon, para bang mortal sin kapag wala kang Facebook, Twitter, etc.? Text Capital of the World – As said by Robert Young Jr. of San Juan, ? Being the text capital of the world, it¶s no surprise that the Philippines ranks sixth in the most number of users on Facebook. Most cell phones now even provide a connection to social networking sites. Social networking provides more interesting features compared to texting and is usually free with an Internet connection.

    Pinoys are sociable and have more time to browse the Internet.? Room for Opportunities – As stated by Tony Gomez of Paranaque, ? There is not much opportunity in our country and Facebook provides many opportunities and options. 17 Friendly by Nature – On the word of Lolong Rejano from Mandaluyong, ? Simply because we Filipinos are friendly and are fond of interacting with other people even before modern communication technology existed. In addition, ang pagiging tsismoso at masayahin pa nating mga Filipino ay hindi magbabago bagkus pinalawak pa ito ng social networks gaya ng Facebook.?

    Ways of Keeping In Touch – According to Carmela Ramento of Cagayan de Oro City, ? This goes to show that Pinoys love being connected to friends and relatives everywhere. Is it any wonder?? According to Nestor Chan of Metro Manila, ? Filipinos thrive in online social networks because this is the new way of keeping in touch with friends, relatives and acquaintances. Aside from interesting games and applications, social networks (particularly Facebook) update us with the goings-on in our loved ones¶ lives. We also get to watch their photos, and videos.

    Easy to adapt – Miguelito Herrera of Cabanatuan City states, ? It is not surprising because Filipinos can easily adapt and are always ready to embrace any kind of advancement in technology, plus we really love gossip. Facebook was probably created to connect with long-lost friends and it is an irresistible form of entertainment for people who want to talk about day-to-day activities and who want to have lots of friends including celebrities.? A Different Kind of High – As said by Ruben Viray of Antipolo City, ? Every individual who uses the Internet feels a different kind of joy.

    It is also the modern means of communication in the world today. Through online social networking, Filipinos can easily make friends all over the world. They can easily join groups or organizations, local or foreign, to their full satisfaction and enjoyment. Filipinos, too, are noted for being happy and friendly people.? 18 Form of Escape – As stated by Rose Leobrera of Manila, ? It¶s the only outlet by which Filipinos can forget the troubles in their lives. When one is in the Philippines, texting and social media are a way of life. It¶s the ? in? thing here.

    Also, many women wanting ti have husbands use the Net to find potential partners. The business aspect for me is just on the side, because not many Pinoys are into business. ?Monkey business? pa siguro.? Channel of Progress – According to Lucas Banzon Madamba of Laguna, ? Online social networks are not only a means of communication but also a channel of progress for people.? Freedom of Expression – On the word of C. B. Fundales of Bulacan, ? Filipinos love freedom of expression and online social networks offer unrestricted fora for ideas unmatched by even the print and broadcast media. 2.

    Facebook Addiction Are you not getting enough of Facebook, are you bothered of not getting ? logged in? in Facebook in a day or less than an hour? Are you worried of your plants getting rotten in your farm on Facebook? If all of the answers on these questions are ? YES? , maybe Facebook Addiction has already infected you. Markable. me discussed, ? Because there are so many things you can do in Facebook, it¶s not surprising you spend more time in here than anywhere else. It¶s also not impossible to get hooked or addicted. With those examples and more, becoming a Facebook addict is inevitable.? 9 According to Elmo Cruz of Manila, philstar. com, ? Whatever their purpose in social networking is, they find communication here easy, fast and cheap, P10 to P20 per hour in Net cafes. The only problem I see is that Internet aficionados are getting addicted to it. The problem is Facebook addiction can get in the way of your normal life. It becomes much easier to build online relationships than personal ones. It reduces your work effectiveness and leads to depression and anxiety if you cannot access it even just for a day (Berry, 2011). 3. Are you a Facebook addict?

    The researchers have found out that there certain things to know if a person is already a Facebook addict. Do ever find yourself doing the following? y Checking your Facebook profile every 10 minutes y Spending more than half of your day in the social networking site y Updating your profile and status messages y Adding plenty of friends y Tracking your profile even in your mobile phone Then there¶s a huge possibility you¶re already addicted to Facebook (Berry, 2011). In November 25, 2009 issue of Tech 101 ± Manila Bulletin, Jusay discusses the things on ?

    How to know if you¶re a Facebook Addict?? (Jusay, 2009). 20 1. Your everyday conversations with friends are peppered with references to Facebook, as in: ? wow! Couple X broke up already? I saw her post it this morning.? 2. Facebook is blocked in your office so you bring your own laptop with your own broadband connection. 3. You use Facebook Mobile. You surf Facebook even on your phone and when you feel you¶re urge to, which is very OFTEN. 4. You derive immense pleasure in showing off your old photos to everyone on your friends¶ list, even if it takes 12 hours to scan them. 5.

    You think about your farm or restaurant even when you¶re at work or in a business meeting. You¶re more worried that your plants will wilt and your foods will be spoiled. 6. Even your friends are amazed at your level of prowess in Facebook games. You¶re the Poker King, master farmer in Farmtown and gourmet queen in Restaurant City. 7. Google and Twitter come second in your life. FB has reached a point where it¶s more important than work (ouch! ). 8. You¶re Miss Facebook Congeniality. You don¶t really know too well half of your friends in your network. 9. You go out of your way to add friends. 10.

    You attend a party and your standard line is: ? add me in Facebook plz!? 11. You attend a party and your standard line no. 2 is: ? say cheese! This photo is for Facebook!? 12. You update your Facebook status five times a day. 13. You spend 20 minutes thinking of a witty status update. 21 14. You¶re excited about your coming trip to Bahamas (or insert name of place here). But you¶re more excited at the prospect of showing it all off on FB. 15. You love FB so much, you even grown to love those Facebook ads. 16. You met your boyfriend on Facebook. 17. Facebook has replaced Yahoo Messenger and Googletalk in your list. 8. You¶ve deleted your Friendster account. Though we keep the truth, most of us do the same things on Facebook. There¶s nothing wrong with using Facebook, but one must effectively manage the uncontrollable urge to check it all the time. 22 Chapter 5 MANAGING THE ADDICTION The researchers have looked for the ways on how to cope Facebook Addiction. In an article on http://ezinearticles. com, Nelson Berry discussed the Ways on Reducing Facebook Addiction. Though it may take a while before you can get rid of addiction, you can definitely do it. Begin with following tips:

    Reduce Facebook Tracking – You can gradually reduce the number of times you open your Facebook account. For example, instead of opening it every 10 minutes, you can do so every 30, then every hour, then every other day, until you can survive not opening at all. Consider other alternatives – Substitute the time you spend on Facebook with something else. Rather than sitting there for hours, you can go to the gym and take a stroll around the neighborhood. You can pamper yourself by going to the spa or the salon. Meet up with your friends – You can utilize Facebook to keep in touch with your friends and schedule meet-ups.

    After all, the main reason why you¶re using Facebook is you want to reach out people, especially those you haven¶t met for a very long time. 23 Activate Facebook blocking applications – An excellent Facebook addiction self help is to download applications that can block the social networking website. You can activate it during those times when you need to work or attend to a very important chore. Buy a mobile phone with no Internet Capabilities – The truth is you don¶t really need a mobile phone with Internet capabilities. When you have to stay connected, you can always look for cafe.

    Besides, non-Internetcapable phones are way cheaper and don¶t tempt you to download Facebook applications. Use self help CDs – There are plenty of self help CDs and self help tapes that are customized to those people who want to end their Facebook addiction. Majority of them contain subliminal messages or affirmations, which provide the inspiration and motivation they need to never give up. Share your thoughts – Your friends and family members can help you eliminate your addiction only if you allow them to. So share your feelings and ask for moral support. Managing your addiction to Facebook will not be as easy as one, two, three.

    It is like a requirement which tells you to limit yourself from a habit you always do. One must learn to control himself of having a space between him and Facebook. 24 Chapter 6: Conclusion The researchers found out that aside from being a social trend in the Philippines, Filipinos love Facebook because of its features which are really beneficial for its users. Filipinos also love the Facebook game applications which are really enjoyable. But beware from playing it thoroughly for too much use of Facebook may cause a person to habitually visit it and later, it causes addiction.

    Recommendation The researchers recommended one must learn how to manage the time using Facebook or any social networking site and do not let someone to get addicted to Facebook to prevent addiction. And if a minor user is about to use Facebook, the parents or guardian should make guidance on what is the right thing to do in using Facebook. 25 Bibliography Internet Articles y Abano, K. (February 4, 2011). ?Filipinos on Facebook?. http://angbagongfilipino. wordpress. com/2010/07/07/filipi nos-on-facebook y Berry, N. (February 28, 2011). ?Discovering the Ways to Reducing Facebook Addiction?. ttp://www. ezinearticles. com/ ? Discover-the-Ways-to-Reducing-FacebookAddiction&id=5912365 Aijc ( February 4,2011). ?Survey Internet Access?. http://www. aijc. com. ph/survey-inter net-access. pdf Helium (February 4,2011). ?How Facebook Affects Society?? http://www. helium. com/items/1940499-facebook-andsociety-how-facebook-changed-society Mylot (February 4,2011). ?Discussions About Facebook? http://www. mylot. com/w/discussions/2478542. aspx Philstar (February 4,2011). ?News Report: RP Population on Facebook is the World¶s Sixth Largest http://www. philstar. com/article. aspx?

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