Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Research Resources Practice

"The number of Facebook friends was also related to low academic adjustment in college when both groups were considered, although this relationship was significant only in the first-year group alone" (Costin, Kalpidou, Morris, 2011, p. 187).

Kalpidou, M., Costin, D., & Morris, J. (2011). The relationship between Facebook and the well-being of undergraduate college students. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, And Social Networking, 14(4), 183-189. doi:10.1089/cyber.2010.0061

This article is mostly about the effects Facebook use has on undergraduate students, with an emphasis on the first year transition for college freshman. It compares Facebook use to social, emotional and academic aspects for college students. I plan on using this source to relate how Facebook can have a negative impact on a student's academic performance, especially during their first year in college. This source has good and bad qualities. It is not a primary source and has multiple references to other studies, which is problematic. On the other hand, the authors conduct their own research and investigation on their topic and is also very recent information.

"First, students who displayed more recent Facebook activity war more likely to display a reference to depression. It is possible that students experiencing depressive symptoms place greater investment in SNSs as a communication outlet, as i could be viewed as a safe and indirect outlet for emotions" (Moreno, et al., 2011, p. 453).

Moreno, M. A., Jelenchick, L. A., Egan, K. G., Cox, E., Young, H., Gannon, K. E., & Becker, T. (2011). Feeling bad on Facebook: depression disclosures by college students on a social networking site.Depression & Anxiety (1091-4269), 28(6), 447-455. doi:10.1002/da.20805

In this article, the authors explore the link between Facebook use and depression in college students that relates to the diagnosis's in the DSM. They find that Facebook is a way college students can post statuses about how they are feeling and in turn get feedback and support from their friends. In this investigation it shows that their research has good internal validity for college students but may not be accepted as true for all users which lowers its external validity. Also, the authors conduct their own research but include several other references which weakens my argument and use of primary sources. I've found it difficult to find relative sources that are primary and not secondary. I could use this in my paper to compare the negative and positive effects Facebook has on college students, specifically from an emotional aspect.   

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