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The Technology Threaten and Impede Parent – Child Relationship? Gomathi Ravishankar Research student
The Reason Behind…
Family bond is very strong in Indian culture. Recently the growth of Social Networking Sites has given birth as a new virtual family member in several Indian families. Any new relationship will have its own impact. The study also talks about this virtual family member (Facebook) & its effect on the Parent-child relationship in a family.
To examine the intervention of Facebook addiction in the parent-child relationship
35 Parents and 10 children were interviewed and their FB pages were monitored for a period of one month.
The findings of the study revealed that Facebook has enhanced a new kind of relationship between the family members.
What is Facebook?
Some interesting facts about Facebook
More than 800 million users across the world.
India is now the 3 rd largest FB user country in the world with 38million active members.
Source: Hindu Businessline, Dec 6, 2011
Usage of FB happens between 6pm and 10pm
60% of the traffic is from Non Metro Cities.
The highest number of active users is from the 15-24 age group.
Source: Sahiel Shah’s presentation on Social media Marketing Trends
in India 2010-2011
Why Facebook is very Popular
One of the most significant and intimate relationships among human beings. The bond is unique both in its biological foundations and in psychological meanings.
Many studies have demonstrated that parent/child trust is significantly affected by the privacy and disclosure practices of both parents and children
(Kerr, Stattin, & Trost, 1999; Petronio, 1994) .
There are increasing numbers of Parents registering in FB.(best part in it is, some children help their parents to open a new account, create their profiles and accepting them as ‘friend’)
While some children express their welcoming gestures, others respond negatively by joining anti-parent groups in Facebook such as “At Least My Mom Isn’t on Facebook!” “Against Parents Invading Your Facebook”
Source: (Yes Mom that Means You!) Aratani, 2008; Kornblum, 2007; Liew, 2007.
A purposive convenience sampling technique supplemented by snowball sampling techniques carried out on Facebook.
The details were collected through interviews with a set of 10 open-ended questions via FB chat, gtalk, mail and phone.
The qualitative method of long-table approach explained by Krueger and Casey (2000) was followed for the analysis of the open-ended questions.
Subjects were directly contacted on Facebook and participation was completely voluntary.
The sample consisted of 45 registered active Facebook users. ranged between 12 – 48 years of age group were monitored in this study for a month. (This comprises of 35 Parent & 10 children).
The analysis was done among 45 users from 3 locations of Tamilnadu. (Chennai, Coimbatore, Thirunelveli).
FB users have an average of 50-60 friends and sent about 3-4 friend requests on every visit.
The participant approximately spends around 15 hour’s very week. Visits the site min 40 times a week and spends about 20 minutes on each visit on an average.
They connect to minimum of 10 community pages, groups and events every week.
Child & their FB visits
Parent – Child relationship
The Major 5 findings
Accepting Parent as Friend
Child visiting FB with Parent
Parents set rules
The child feels elated with this new found freedom of expression. This make them to come out of their shyness.
The participants feel that Facebook deepens mutual trust of children and parents.
Help parents to understand a child’s thought process and know their likes and dislikes.
A tool which enables them to gain a better knowledge of their child.
Facebook acts as an additional platform of reciprocity between parent and child.
As certain nonverbal cues present in face-to-face interactions are absent in FB.
The time a child invests in Facebook is gradually increasing in proportion to the time spent with his/her family.
These social networking sites are highly addictive to those youngsters who long for care and attention from their parents.
Usage of Facebook can be a threat in the near future to Parent-child relationship if not used properly.
The user should have control over their pages using privacy settings.
Minors, below 13 years of age should ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet.
Be cautious about posting and sharing personal information, especially information that could be used to identify you or locate you offline, such as your address or telephone number
Block and report anyone that sends you unwanted or inappropriate communications