-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
SUBMITTED BY: T. Efruz zhsrev
SUBMITTED TO: Prof. Dr. Shirdokht ZIARATI
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
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Description of Subject4
II- Preliminary Investigation
2.1. Review of Literature5
2.2. Specific Objectives5
2.3. Description of Terminology6
3.2. Selection Criteria 7
Methods of Data Collection7
IV- Analysis of Results
4.1. Introductory Findings10
4.2. Relationship between internet usage aims and practical usage
4. 4.3. Relationship between the usage of internet and chatting11
5. 4.4. Characteristic and affects on personalities of chatters13
V- Conclusion and Suggestions
5.2. Suggestions 15
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 connectto
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.
1. 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.
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
. 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
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 in the sample access to internet just for chat?
. What is the percentage of internet users (12-19 aged) that join chat
. What is the percentage of people who use everday have difficulties in
relationship with other real friends?
. What is the most common topic on internet chatting?
. How many people in the sample try to prevent to spend lots of time on
2.3. Description of Terminology
Chat: Meeting and talking with others on internet. Users can not see their
faces, voices, etc but also read and write messages to each other.
Chatters: People who chat or join to the chat sessions on Internet
Chat Rooms: The 'cyber' places that the chat users meet on. Sometimes, in a
chat room there may be two user, sometimes over thousands.
Download: Making a copy of a file or folder, etc. that is stored in another
computer or server machine by means of internet connection.
Fake Mail: People who are not use their original idenitifications on the
net, send to others for entertainments or threating purposes. Like the
letters which is not known from whom?
Web Browser: Application softwares that lets the user to reach to and read
the documents that are in HTML format
NewsGroups: Lists for any topic desired. People send their problems and
some people answer them. It may be about any topic. A kind of helping on to
In this research, there will be used 2 types of methods. These are
documentary study and field study. Questionnaire is the main tool for field
study in this research.
3.2. Selection Criteria
Since there will be used field study and questionnaire tool, it does by
choosing the samples from the people who are aged between 12 and 19 in
Turkey. Questionnaire will answer the determination of the reasons for
accessing to internet, most used topics, the characteristics of young who
spend much time on it.
In this study, the reasons for accessing to internet, the topics which are
most common, age and sex are independent variables. It is wanted to verify
the hypotheses are concerning the key questions and they are right.
The case of study is young people. Questionnaires will be completed by
interview with the people who are aged between 12 and 19. Their education
level is graduates or students of high schools or ortaokuls in Turkey. All
the interviewers were students and age discrimination was adjucted equally.
Some of the interviewers were university or college students.
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