INTERNET USAGE ON TEENAGES



THE REASONS FOR CONNECTING TO INTERNET AND USAGE FIELDS OF IT AMONG THE YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 12-19 IN LAST 2 YEARS



































29/04/1999




ABSTRACT
This research aims to determine the reasons for the young people aged between 12-19 to connect to internet and the usage fields and the reations of people’s personalities and virtual habits. Especially last 2 years, the usage of internet is so increased and this affected all the levels of society. Finding out their reasons to connect to it, which topics they prefer to talk about, effects of this situation on them and society are objects for this study.


Two types of methods are used in this report. These are documentary study and field study.


The main hypothesis is, young people (12-19) connect to internet to chat on it ore than other reasons.


This study may help to academicians and sociologists who do research on the tendencies of the society from the point of young people on internet usage in Turkey. Morover, the parents who their children spend so much time on internet or the teachers may have profit by this report also.


Actually, nobody (even parents) can prevent children to connect to internet -one of the most important necessity of our age-, however parents and teachers must always be aware of the dangerous effects of it. They should warn the children, show the bad sides of that behave and always control the development of their characters with respect to the internet usage and also other factors.






TABLE OF CONTENTS


Chapter Page


I- Introduction


1.1. Description of Subject........................................................................ 4


1.2. Aim................................................................................................... 4


II- Preliminary Investigation


2.1. Review of Literature........................................................................... 5


2.2. Specific Objectives............................................................................ 5


2.3. Description of Terminology................................................................. 6


III- Methodology


3.1. Methods............................................................................................ 7


3.2. Selection Criteria................................................................................ 7


3.3. Methods of Data Collection................................................................ 7


IV- Analysis of Results


4.1. Introductory Findings....................................................................... 10


4.2. Relationship between internet usage aims and practical usage............. 10


4.3. Relationship between the usage of internet and chatting...................... 11


4.4. Characteristic and affects on personalities of chatters........................ 13


V- Conclusion and Suggestions


5.1. Conclusion....................................................................................... 14


5.2. Suggestions...................................................................................... 15


Appendices











1. Introduction





1.1. Description of Subject





Turkey is one of the countries that have young people population is so high in the world. However, in contrast, it is also one of the countries that does not have so much opportunities and substructure for young society. With the helps of other factors, this young population may unconsciously interest with many topics. Internet is one of these topics. Improvement of Internet in the world affected the Turkish Society too. Nowadays, many people can connect to Internet and make profit of its goodness’s. However, everyone does not interested in Internet for job. Fun, can be a reason for people to connect Internet. Especially, young generation connect to Internet and spend much time on it ignorantly. Feeling of curiosity or trying to know other people causes these people to spend more time on it for ‘chatting’. Certainly, it affects their social life, real relationships with others, and success in school, job or any other areas.


1.2. General Aims





This report can be useful for all parents, teachers, academicians and sociologists who do research on the causes and effects of young people attitudes and so on.






2. Preliminary Investigation





2.1. Review of Literature





Although it is a very popular concept around the world especially in last years, any document, book, reference book or encyclopedia could not be found about this topic. Perhaps, in future there would be some examples of research on this concept.


2.2. Specific Objects

The hypotheses are;
· Young people connect to internet to chat on it more than other reasons. · Young people want to chat on internet to talk about sex more than other topics.
· This addiction causes people to spend more time in front of the computer, become alienated from real social life, school or job life.


· People who spend huge amount of time on chatting in Internet have some social problems,


in this research. According to the hypotheses, this research will study on the reasons for accessing to Internet, which application is running in general (e-mail, web browser, chat software, download applications etc.).


Therefore, there are some key questions to research the aim. These are;


· What is the percentage of people (12-19 aged) that have internet access


· What is the frequency of usage for accessing to internet?


· How many people