Are Frequent Facebook Users Less or More Lonely?
Grade Level: 6th to 12th; Type: Social Science, Sociology
This project explores whether people who are frequent users of Facebook feel less or more lonely than infrequent Facebook-users.
- Do people who are frequent users of Facebook feel less or more lonely than infrequent Facebook-users?
Facebook has been hailed as a revolution in bringing people - especially people previously separated by time and distance - together. On the other hand, working on a computer is an inherently solitary activity.
- UCLA Lonliness Scale
- 50 or more test subjects, half of whom log onto Facebook at least once a day, half of whom log onto Facebook less than once a day
- Locate appropriate test subjects.
- Administer UCLA Lonliness Scale.
- Score scales.
- Analyze and compare results for frequent and infrequent Facebook users.
- Extension: Interview test subjects about the amount of time they spend socializing face-to-face with other people and/or participating in clubs, sports, or other group activities. Determine if there is any correlation, either positive or negative, between Facebook use and face-to-face socializing.
Terms/Concepts: Facebook, UCLA Lonliness Scale
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