Year 1-C, Research education Group 2
An Investigation into Facebook
addiction and its toll on RI year-ones
Introduction to research
Our Methodologies
Findings and analysis
Conclusions and advise for future research
Why did we choose this topic?
We hypothesized that Year1 RI students’ lives
were being negatively impacted by Facebook.
Thus we investigated how so, and found out
more about Facebook addiction.
Our research centered on identifying causes for Facebook
addiction, understanding its causes and effects, and
finding solutions to curb Facebook addiction.
The “Methodologies” section identifies how this was
done. “Results and analysis section reports our
inferences and understandings. Finally we conclude
the presentation with some advise on future research
on similar fields.
We started off with some background research, to familiarize
us with the depth of such a situation.
Then we did a social survey of Year 1 RI students on how
Facebook was affecting their lives
And lastly we interviewed Head of CLE department Mrs.
Jacqueline Chua on her views on Facebook.
During our research, we found out that in the global masses, a
game known as “Farmville” was majorly the cause of addiction.
Other games on Facebook were also said to have been causes of
Other than that, there were still some who were addicted to it
because of the chatting and file-sharing convenience it offered.
We conducted our survey in school at around
mid-March. Present surveyors were Hamilton,
Jerome and Mahin.
The surveyed were Year-1 students taken in
randomly in no particular order.
Their demographics were common: age 12-15,
students of RI, and all had home IT facilities
and access.
First and foremost, everyone had a Facebook
A huge proportion had been spending more
than 3 hours on a daily basis…..that is 25% of
However, 55% limited their Facebook usage to
an hour a day. Only 10% had been on
Facebook after late night.
Our Interviewee whom we made an appointment
with was Mrs. Jacqueline Chua, head of Character
Education. We roughly estimate her age to be
somewhere in or close to the 30 to 40 range.*
We met her for our interview in late March. Another
Research Education group was interviewing her as well
but there was no interference from them. Present
Interviewers were Jerome, Mahin and Hamilton
That is merely a rough, unsupported estimation. We do not claim that it is true or relevant in anyway. Age may differ in whatever
scale from given demographics due to our applicants refusal for statement.
We interviewed her with regards to how she felt RI students
were doing with Facebook as part of their lives.
One of the things she stated was that Facebook addiction’s
effects was the same with any addiction. She said that
Facebook addiction was among the many facets of Internet
She also said that games are as much as addictive as social
networking on Facebook could be, and the only way to curb
addiction is to go cold turkey, and that willpower alone made
it possible
We all have gone through several major parts
of the Research Education Module, starting
with our Preliminary Ideas and our Group
Project Proposals.
We have aimed to find out about Facebook
addiction, its manifestation and ultimately
how to curb it. However there were major
learning points, both in research
methodologies, and within the information
we found.
From our survey, we found out that Facebook was
not treated as a gaming and entertainment site
within RI. Most still used Facebook as a social
While a small portion of RI’s year 1 Facebook
community are addicted to Facebook, it would turn
out that willpower is addictions only curing
Some portions of our research were singlesided, for instance, we could have applied the
methods to internet addiction. There could
have been other social networks which we
could have investigated.
For our survey, students of a wider span of
demographics could have been used for more
enriching research.
THE END………..or is it?
Year 1-C Research Education
Group 2
Mahin Hossain, Jerome Boon,
James Kartadinata, Hamilton
Siak, Darren Gooi (leader)

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