How does social media affect your social life? I know many people try to be nonchalant about the affect it has on them, that they don’t stare and scroll endlessly at their Facebook news feed. What is lying underneath the surface? Has looking through your significant others messages ruined your relationship? Have you totally ignored your friends while out because you were liking pictures on Instagram?
My BCM210 group of Suzanne, Bronte, William and I thought that this top would be especially interesting as we would be surveying students in Gen Y, the tech generation, and this would be incredibly relevant for our age group. The 10 questions we have chosen are as follows:
1. Age 15-18 19-25 26-30 31-35 36+
2. Are you Male/Female/Other?
3. How many of these social media platforms are you active (please tick) Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pintrest
4. How many hours a day do you spend on Social Media? 0-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 10+
5. If you are in a relationship, do you present that online? (Facebook status or other means) Y/N
6. How many Facebook friends do you have? 0-200 201-400 401-600 601-800 801-1000 1001+
7. Do you prefer to text someone or speak to them face to face? Text/F2F
8. Are you texter or a caller or neither? Text/Call/NA
9. What information do you allow the public to see? Please answer below. 10. Do you think your time online affects your friend/relationships negatively or positively? Please answer below.
These Interview questions are open and close ended and have been adapted from our survey questions for Assignment 2. I interviewed 20 students for this survey and five participated in a focus group. The results proved that the majority of respondents are of Gen Y, as predicted, and that 82% of the people that answered keep their information private to their friends only. It was interesting to see that the participants who had more than 600 friends spent more than 5 hours on Social Media Platforms a day. The minority of participants over 31 were mostly, 93%, more obliged to call than text and 64% More inclined to speak face to face than through text, opposing the younger age groups answers.
I think it will be very interesting to see the responses to our group’s survey and if they differ from this interview style of questioning. I believe that no matter how much you use Social Media, if you use it- it will affect the way you interact socially and furthermore, your social life, whether it’s beneficial or detrimental.