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  • 1. 2009 THE EFFECT OF SOCIALNETWORKING SITESON PERSONAL LIVES OF THE PEOPLE A QUALITATIVE RESEARCH Rajat Raizada Taruna Vinayak Gaurav Srivastav Sakshi Garg SUBMITTED TO:- Sakshi Mehrotra Shobhit Chandak Professor Y.P.Gupta
  • 2. DECLARATIONWe hereby declare that all the work presented in the project report entitled “TheEffect of Social Networking Sites on the Personal Lives of the People” of thesubject Business Research Methods at ICFAI , IBS Gurgaon is an authenticrecord of our own work carried out under the guidance of Prof Tapas Mahapatra.Date: Rajat Raizada Taruna Vinayak Gaurav Srivastav Sakshi Garg Sakshi Mehrotra Shohit ChandakCERTIFICATEThis is to certify that project report entitled “The Effect of Social NetworkingSites on the Personal Lives of the People” of the subject Business ResearchMethods, which is submitted by Rajat Raizada, Taruna Vinayak, GauravSrivastav, Sakshi Garg, Sakshi Mehrotra & Shohit Chandak at ICFAI , IBSGurgaon is an authentic record of the candidate’s own work carried out by themunder our guidance. The matter embodied in this thesis is original and has notbeen submitted for the award of any other degree.Prof. Y.P. Gupta(Project Guide)Date:
  • 3. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTWe express our deep gratitude to Prof. Y.P. Gupta of ICFAI BUSINESS SCHOOLfor his constant support, guidance and motivation which helped us immensely incompleting this project. The project provided us with an opportunity to understandthe fundamentals of research methods in a better manner and apply them. Theinsistence on taking up a socially relevant topic like the use of social networkingsites help us to understand the psychology of the people using these sites betterand correlate the research to human behavioural aspect.We also would like to thank our respondents for giving us their valuable time andproviding us with the information needed to carry out the research successfully.Date:- Rajat Raizada Taruna Vinayak Gaurav Srivastav Sakshi Garg Sakshi Mehlotra Shohit Chandak
  • 4. EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe social networking sites are gaining a lot of popularity these days with almostall of the educated youth using one or the other such site. These have played acrucial role in bridging boundaries and crossing the seas and enabling them tocommunicate on a common platform. It has become a popular and a potentialmean for them to stay friends with the existing ones and to grow up their socialcircle at least in terms of acquaintances.The question regarding the safety, privacy and the legal issues have beencropping up all this time. Through this research we try to find out the impact ofthese networking sites on the personal and professional lives of people usingthem. It is a very subjective question to answer and is very opinion based and thesame is reflected in the research methodology adopted.The report is initiated with the definition of the objective followed with the researchmethodology used along with the research design, sample size, methods used forthe purpose of conducting survey. It also incorporates the sampling frame and thedata collection procedure.Subsequent to this is the Introduction to the networking sites along with a briefdescription of the most popular sites. Then the issues of concern which have comeup along the way in all these years since these sites gained popularity arediscussed. The various issues and concerns of the respondents are alsoincorporated there. The next part of the research has the literature surveys whichare the articles we took up from the published reports. We then analyzed andinterpreted the data at length. The last part deals with the suggestions andrecommendations that the group has come up with after carefully analyzing andincorporating the opinion of all concerned.
  • 5. INDEX 1. Objective 2. Research Methodology 3. Sampling 4. Introduction to sites 5. How do Social networking sites work 6. Popular networking sites 7. Issues of concern 8. Literature Survey • SNS in India • How safe is your Orkut account • An article regarding technology used • The Perils of Social Networking • Other Research 9. Utilization in business 10.Analysis and Interpretation 11.Limitations 12.Conclusion 13.Suggestion 14.Annexure
  • 6. OBJECTIVEIn this age of globalization, the world has become too small a place thanks to theelectronic media and portals. Communication has become effective as neverbefore thanks to the advent of internet. The social networking sites have alsoplayed a crucial role in bridging boundaries and crossing the seas and bringing allpeople at a common platform where they can meet like minded people or find oldfriends and communicate with them. It has become a potential mean to relationbuilding and staying in touch with all known.Hence the objective that we wanted to achieve through our research is to:Find out the influence of social networking sites on the personal and professionallife of the people- how it affects their relations, what are its uses for eachindividuals and how have they been influenced by these sites.RESEARCH METHODOLOGYA considerable amount of work has been done in this field and several articles areavailable on the internet and magazines about the social networking sites. So firstwe carried out a literature survey of the available data for collection of secondaryinformation. We followed it by a descriptive research design in order to understandthe problem and carry out the research in a lucid manner.Data Collection method: After secondary data collection through data collectionover the internet, a primary research was carried out through a questionnaire. Thequestionnaire was well structured and the responses were sought from therespondents. The nature of the questions was such that it avoided ambiguousresponses from the respondents and it also helped in quick analysis of the datacollected.Two methods of questioning were used for the data collection:
  • 7. 1). Person Assisted: The responses were collected by personal questioning. Theresponses were taken from the students in the Qutab Institutional area frominstitutes like IMI, FORE, IIFT, etc. this form of questioning helped the respondentto understand the questions better and answer accordingly.2). Wed enabled: The questionnaire was e-mailed to respondents who filled it andthen mailed it back to us. A flaw that we realized here was that some of therespondents did not understand the questions and hence could not answer them tothe best of their capability, unlike the other method employed where the questionscould be explained if required.SAMPLING:Sampling Design: The target population for our research was defined as thestudents who form the major chunk of users of these social networking sites. Thiswas done to have a better insight into the research as the target population wasone which is the most avid user of these sites and could provide good responses.Even the understanding of the questionnaire was easy to them as they werefamiliar with the sites and quite clear about the reasons they use it for and thevarious problems that they face.The extent of the survey was limited to the IBS Gurgaon and Qutab Institutionalarea of New Delhi. However, through online survey some regions outside Delhiwere also reached to validate the information collected from Delhi.Sampling frame can be defined as all the users of social networking sites in thevicinity.Once the sampling frame was decided, simple random sampling method was usedto select the respondents. In the person assisted survey, almost everyone in thesampling frame had an equal chance of being selected and we got the responsesfilled through those people who were readily and willingly accepting to fill it.
  • 8. To some extent judgment sampling was also used, especially in the online survey,where the questionnaires were sent only to our acquaintances in the other B-schools outside Delhi.
  • 9. INTRODUCTIONWikipedia states that a social network is “…a social structure made of nodes(which are generally individuals or organizations) that are tied by one or morespecific types of relations…” (Social network, 2007). With the rapid growth ofpeople who use or have access to the Internet, social networking websites are amust for the Internet community to stay in touch with each other. Social networkingweb sites help people keep in touch with old friends, make new friends, distributenew data or product, and many more aspects of our everyday lives.The first official social networking web site was which wasfounded in 1995 (Social Network, 2007). What followed was a slow but steadygrowth in numbers of social networking websites to the overwhelming number ofsites we have today. The reason that social networking websites work so well isthat, like their inception, they start of small and then grow exponentially. The sitestarts off with a few people who then tell their friends about the site, then thosefriends tell their friends about the site and soon the site is a huge database ofusers connected by friends, acquaintances, or just random people. The web sitesare made to “…allow users to create a "profile" describing themselves and toexchange public or private messages and list other users or groups they areconnected to in some way.” (Social Network 2007). Most social networking websites are often designed to fit a certain type ofcommunity such as the college community being mirrored by or amusic/party community mirrored by With the rapid growth of socialnetworking web sites and their global scale usage, whatever one feels concerningsocial networking web sites is irrelevant because social networking web sites areon a popularity rise and are here to stay.
  • 10. SOCIAL NETWORK SITES (SNS): A DEFINITIONWe define social network sites as web-based services that allow individuals to:(1) Construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system,(2) Articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and(3) View and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within thesystem. The nature and nomenclature of these connections may vary from site tosite.While we use the term "social network site" to describe this phenomenon, the term"social networking sites" also appears in public discourse, and the two terms areoften used interchangeably. "Networking" emphasizes relationship initiation, oftenbetween strangers. While networking is possible on these sites, it is not theprimary practice on many of them, nor is it what differentiates them from otherforms of computer-mediated communication (CMC).What makes social network sites unique is not that they allow individuals to meetstrangers, but rather that they enable users to articulate and make visible theirsocial networks. This can result in connections between individuals that would nototherwise be made, but that is often not the goal, and these meetings arefrequently between "latent ties" (Haythornthwaite, 2005) who share some offlineconnection. On many of the large SNSs, participants are not necessarily"networking" or looking to meet new people; instead, they are primarilycommunicating with people who are already a part of their extended socialnetwork. To emphasize this articulated social network as a critical organizingfeature of these sites, we label them "social network sites."
  • 11. HOW DOES ‘SNS’ WORKWhile SNSs have implemented a wide variety of technical features, their backboneconsists of visible profiles that display an articulated list of Friends who are alsousers of the system. Profiles are unique pages where one can type oneself intobeing. After joining an SNS, an individual is asked to fill out forms containing aseries of questions. The profile is generated using the answers to these questions,which typically include descriptors such as age, location, interests, and an "aboutme" section. Most sites also encourage users to upload a profile photo. Some sitesallow users to enhance their profiles by adding multimedia content or modifyingtheir profiles look and feel. Others, such as Facebook, allow users to add modules("Applications") that enhance their profile.The visibility of a profile varies by site and according to user discretion. By default,profiles on Orkut or are crawled by search engines, making them visible toanyone, regardless of whether or not the viewer has an account. Alternatively,sites like MySpace allow users to choose whether they want their profile to bepublic or "Friends only." Facebook takes a different approach—by default, userswho are part of the same "network" can view each others profiles, unless a profileowner has decided to deny permission to those in their network. Structuralvariations around visibility and access are one of the primary ways that SNSsdifferentiate themselves from each other.After joining a social network site, users are prompted to identify others in thesystem with whom they have a relationship. The label for these relationships differsdepending on the site popular terms include "Friends," "Contacts," and "Fans."Most SNSs require bi-directional confirmation for Friendship, but some do not.These one-directional ties are sometimes labelled as "Fans" or "Followers," butmany sites call these Friends as well. The term "Friends" can be misleading,because the connection does not necessarily mean friendship in the everydayvernacular sense, and the reasons people connect are varied (Boyd, 2006).The public display of connections is a crucial component of SNSs. The Friends listcontains links to each Friends profile, enabling viewers to traverse the networkgraph by clicking through the Friends lists. On most sites, the list of Friends isvisible to anyone who is permitted to view the profile, although there areexceptions.Most SNSs also provide a mechanism for users to leave messages on theirFriends profiles. This feature typically involves leaving "comments," although sitesemploy various labels for this feature. In addition, SNSs often have a privatemessaging feature similar to webmail. While both private messages and commentsare popular on most of the major SNSs, they are not universally available.Beyond profiles, Friends, comments, and private messaging, SNSs vary greatly intheir features and user base. Some have photo-sharing or video-sharingcapabilities; others have built-in blogging and instant messaging technology. There
  • 12. are mobile-specific SNSs (e.g., Dodgeball), but some web-based SNSs alsosupport limited mobile interactions (e.g., Facebook, MySpace, and Cyworld). ManySNSs target people from specific geographical regions or linguistic groups,although this does not always determine the sites constituency. Orkut, forexample, was launched in the United States with an English-only interface, butPortuguese-speaking Brazilians quickly became the dominant user group. Somesites are designed with specific ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, political, orother identity-driven categories in mind. There are even SNSs for dogs (Dogster)and cats (Catster), although their owners must manage their profiles.While SNSs are often designed to be widely accessible, many attracthomogeneous populations initially, so it is not uncommon to find groups using sitesto segregate themselves by nationality, age, educational level, or other factors thattypically segment society, even if that was not the intention of the designers.
  • 13. EXAMPLES OF SOCIAL NETWORKING SITESORKUT.COMOrkut is an Internet social network service run by Google and named after itscreator, Google employee Orkut Büyükkökten. It claims to be designed to helpusers meet new friends and maintain existing relationships. Similar to Facebook,Friendster and MySpace, Orkut goes a step further by permitting the creation ofeasy-to-set-up simple forums (called "communities") of users. Since October 2006,Orkut has permitted users to create accounts without an invitation.Orkut is the most visited website in Brazil, being more visited than Google Brazil,number 2 on the list. In total visits, Google is probably still more popular since itappears as the second (the Brazilian version) and seventh most visited site (theinternational version).The initial target market for orkut was the United States, but the majority of itsusers are in Brazil. In fact, as of November 2007, 62.9% of the traffic come fromBrazil, followed by 19.2% from India. In December 2007, Google dropped orkutfrom the drop-down menu of its international homepage.FACEBOOK.COMFacebook is another example of social networking site. Developed by sophomoreMark Zuckerberg of Harvard University in 2004, was (Facebook, 2007). Purchasing the domain name in August of 2005 for $200,000 the site was originally developed forcollege and university students as a way to connect with each other (Facebook,2007). Hosting the most members for a college based social networking site, is also the number one site for uploading pictures, boasting severalmillion uploads daily. Since its inception, has now been opened toanyone with a valid email address and offers its members options of joining themillions of networks of people with similar interests. It is said that 80% users check their account daily and that 93% of Facebook.comusers check their account at least monthly (Facebook, 2007) Facebook.comgenerates its revenue from advertisement since it boasts a huge number ofregistered users.MYSPACE.COMMySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submittednetwork of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music and videosinternationally. It is headquartered in Beverly Hills, California, USA, where it sharesan office building with its immediate owner, Fox Interactive Media; in turn, theowner of Fox Interactive and therefore MySpace, News Corporation, isheadquartered in New York City.
  • 14. According to Alexa Internet, MySpace is currently the worlds sixth most popularEnglish-language website and the sixth most popular website in any language, andthe third most popular website in the United States, though it has topped the charton various weeks. The service has gradually gained more popularity than similarwebsites to achieve nearly 80 percent of visits to online social networkingwebsites.The company employs 300 staff and does not disclose revenues or profitsseparately from News Corporation. With the 100 millionth account being createdon August 9, 2006, in the Netherlands and a news story claiming 106 millionaccounts on September 8, 2006, the site reportedly attracts new registrations at arate of 230,000 per day. As of December 18, 2007, there are over 300 millionaccounts.HI5.COMhi5 is a social networking website, which, throughout 2007, was one of the 25most visited sites on the web. The company was founded in 2002 by RamuYalamanchi who is also the current CEO. As of December 2007, hi5 had over 98million members. In hi5, users create an online profile in order to show informationsuch as interests, age and hometown and upload user pictures where users canpost comments. hi5 also allows the user to create personal photo albums and setup a music player in the profile. Users can also send friend requests via e-mail toother users. When a person receives a friend request, he or she may accept ordecline it, or block the user altogether. If the user accepts another user as a friend,the two will be connected directly or in the 1st degree. The user will then appear onthe persons friend list and vice-versa. Some users opt to make their profilesavailable for everyone on hi5 to view. Other users exercise the option to make theirprofile viewable only to those people who are in their network. The network offriends consists of a users direct friends (1st degree), the friends of those directfriends (2nd degree) and the friends of the friends of direct friends (3rd degree)ISSUES OF CONCERNAlthough many people don’t think of it, social networking web sites harbour manydangerous elements and many people are concerned about some major problemsthat they contain. One such problem is privacy issues. With social networking websites like, and, it is almost too easy toretrieve personal information about someone and use it to harm them. In a casewith, the availability of being able to customize one’s own site hasallowed people to use phishing html code to create phishing profiles that allowsthat person to access anyone’s profile who have visited the phishing profile.Phishing can often lead to the loss of personal information such as usernames,credit card numbers, and passwords. (Phishing 2007) This in turn causes greatprivacy issues since that person can now access personal information and then
  • 15. sell it off to marketing companies for a profit. (MySpace, 2007) This selling ofinformation to companies has led to the rise in spam emails that we all receive. Another great issue of concern with social networking web sites is that ofchild safety. Research has shown that almost three out of every four teenagerswho use social networking web sites are at risk due to their lack of using onlinesafety. (Joly, Karine, 2007) A lot of the web sites do have an age requirement but itis easily bypassed by the lying about of one’s age. Even if they don’t lie about theirage the average age requirement is around fifteen years old. hasbeen specifically targeted for these child safety issues after a sixteen year old girlflew to Tel Aviv, Israel to meet and engage in sexual relations with a twenty yearold male whom she had met through (MySpace, 2007) Although alot of the social networking web sites are trying to implement new ways to keepchildren safe, included, predators are finding ways around thesenew implementations and kids are still naive to the fact that not everyone online iswho they say they are.A third issue of concern with social networking web sites is that of copyrightinfringement. With the massive amount of files shared through social networkingweb sites it has to tell sometimes who the original owner of the selected file is.Also, commercial products are being reproduced by individuals and uploaded tothese social networking web sites. is a great example of how copyright infringement can come about using a social networking website. Memberscan pretty much upload anything they want on to to be viewed byanyone who comes across it. This leads to many people committing copyrightinfringement and uploading files and video clips that don’t belong to them. The onlyreal way that copyright infringement is reported is through the self-policing of theYouTube community. (YouTube, 2007) With the easily missed copy rightinfringement YouTube has been sued many times in the past and is now beingsued for over one billion dollars by Viacom on the claim that has160,000 videos that belong to Viacom on their site without Viacom’s permission.(YouTube, 2007)
  • 16. LITERATURE SURVEYSNS IN INDIA:In all the social networking phenomenon in India is small compared to the US(Indian social networking websites today claim a user base of around 3 millionregistered users) while MySpace, which has 106 million users and Orkut which has67 million have far greater numbers.Clearly, Indian firms have a lot of work ahead of them in order to catch up.However, Siddhartha Roy, CEO, BigAdda, says optimistically: “We are early on thecurve.” Alok Mittal, MD, Canaan Partners, a venture capital firm, says: “When youput that in context, Indian social networking websites are in their infancy. Thebreak-even point is longer, but once they attain a critical mass of 40 million users,then VC firms will start investing in them.”Navin Mittal, CEO,, says: “With the Indian Internet user-basenegligible compared to the US or China, these are very early days.” The owner ofthe blog does a great job of explaining the benefits of social networking forIndia and what it means for consumers and businesses.ARTICLE-1Social networking sites, which allow users to build or be part of onlinecommunities, account for 44% of the country’s Internet trafficSocial networking sites, which allow users to build or be part of onlinecommunities, account for 44% of the country’s Internet traffic, according to a reportby consulting firm JuxtConsult Research and Consulting Pvt. Ltd. The space isdominated by global players such as Orkut, MySpace, Facebook and Hi5. GoogleInc.’s Orkut, launched in 2004, isthe most popular social networking site amongIndians with more than seven million users, but advertising is something the sitehas only recently dabbled with.“Nobody has made money on social networking so far,” Ajit Balakrishnan,chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), India Ltd, the companybehind, one of the earliest Indian dot-coms, had previously said. “Butwhen 10 million people congregate, somewhere down the line the company willmake money, and it will be advertiser-related, he had added. launchediShare, a video sharing platform, in July, and plans to add a social networking toolto it in the coming weeks.Indian firms and entrepreneurs entering the social networking space are convincedthat they need to build up a critical mass of users first, and then worry, started by the Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group’s RelianceEntertainment three months ago, has about 700,000 users but no advertiser yet.
  • 17. Similarly, one-year-old social networking site for students has auser base that exceeds one million but no advertisers.“On the Internet, consumer is king. They decide where they want to spend theirtime and advertisers recognize that,” said Siddhartha Roy, chief operating officer, “You want to first create a strong user base and give them anuninterrupted experience.”Kavita Iyer, CEO, Minglebox, agrees: “...In this business, users fluctuate from onesite to another and it is important to first reach a certain level of stability andmaturity before getting advertisers on board.”But some experts say that those scrambling to enter the social networking spacehave left it too late, and that plain vanilla social networking will, by itself, not workany longer.According to Balakrishnan, social networking has to become more than just acommunication platform. “Social networking will have to be morphed into everyonline initiative,” he had said. “It has a tendency to pick up fast but losesmomentum just as fast. This is why we are integrating iShare with socialnetworking.”That’s a strategy similar to the one adopted by Yahoo Inc. “We want to makeYahoo mail more social by combining properties such as SMS,instant messengerand emails together. It’s too early to tell what we’re planning on social networking,but it will be a convergence of communication channels,” John Kremer, vice-president, Yahoo Mail, had previously said.Others are trying this as well. Ibibo Web Pvt. Ltd’s is a multi-platformsocial interactive site with applications such as networking, blogging and gamingas some of its applications. “We’ve been around for seven months in India but Ican tell you that it takes about two to three years of good consumer traction todrive revenues,” said Ashish Kashyap, CEO, Ibibo group. “It is important to createa picnic effect before we can get to advertisers,” he added.Advertisers themselves seem content with the picnic effect itself. PepsiCo IndiaHoldings Pvt. Ltd has not yet bought into social networking from the advertisingpoint of view, but it has bought into the concept. “Pepsi has not advertised onsocial networking sites so far but we have got what we wanted by usersthemselves creating discussion groups about the brand,” said a spokesperson forPepsiCo India.According to one expert, that may well indicate what social networking sites needto do to start earning revenues.“For advertisers, social networking sites are slow in generating revenues directlybut they are good in influencing decisions,” said Gulrez Alam, group head, paidsearch, Communicate2, a paid-search marketing company. “Social media siteswill soon have alternative revenue generating tactics that will help influence theuser without intruding on the experience, that’s the way ahead.”
  • 18. Almost half the Internet traffic generated in India is on account of socialnetworking, and while this has not translated into advertising revenue so far, apioneer in the country’s Internet space expects the situation to change.ARTICLE-2How safe is your Orkut account?Mayank Tewari/Dhananjay KhadilkarSunday, December 23, 2007 03:07 ISTA virus, which has been fixed by Google, had affected between 4 lakh to 7 lakhusersMUMBAI: Google recently added a new feature on Orkut where users can postActive X Content on their friend’s scrapbook. But the feature turned out to beGoogle’s nemesis as an attacker used the vulnerability and posted a virus thataffected between 4,00,000 to 7,00,000 Orkut users. Though Google managed tofix the bug on Thursday, the incident has highlighted the security aspects of socialnetworking sites such as Orkut that have a huge following in countries like India.A Google official, who requested anonymity, admitted that because of this bugseveral people received scraps from friends, who claimed they had never postedany such scraps. “The newly introduced scrapbook feature had been exploited,”the official said.According to Chetan Gupta, a 26-year-old independent cyber security expert, “Thefeature allows users to post clips, songs, animation etc on their as well as otheruser’s scrapbooks,” he said.Users who were attacked got a message in their mailboxes informing them thatsomeone had posted a scarp on their profile. The scrap, written in Portuguese,when translated into English reads: “2008 is coming… I wish that it begins quitewell for you.”As soon as the user viewed the post, the virus downloaded a file to the user’scomputer. The worm then took control of the user’s account and enlisted a groupcalled ‘Infections pelo Vírus do Orkut’, which translates as ‘Infected by Orkut virus’.The virus also sent copies of itself to all the friends of the user and repeated theprocess.According to, the virus infected seven lakh Orkut users within 24hours before Google was able to rectify the problem. The virus was not supposedto do any real harm to the users. The intent, according to a blog posting on Trend
  • 19. Micro, was to only make a point. The blog post says “It appears from both thescript that this script was designed purely to spread, rather than for more maliciouspurposes. The author has pulled the malicious JavaScript from the Web, havinggotten his point across.”A Google spokesperson said that the internet search giant takes the security of itsusers very seriously. “We worked quickly to implement a fix for the issue. Serviceto Orkut was not disrupted during this time.” This is not the first time a virus like thishas targeted a social network. MySpace too was attacked by ‘Samy Is My Hero’worm in 2005.ARTICLE-3Business Standard, January 25 07Thursday, 25 January 2007Business Standard, Riding the networking wavePriyanka Joshi / New Delhi January 24, 2007TECHNOLOGY: Want to get seen? Advertise on social networking sites. This,incidentally, is the new mantra of online advertisers.About 93 per cent of the 28 million Indians online belong to the age group 18-45years — a target audience that has the maximum buying power.Ten million of these are hooked on to some form of online social media, be itpersonal, career or business networking, matrimonial sites, discussion rooms,virtual activity platforms, instant messenger, podcasts, RSS feeds and blogs. Themix of social media sites being a hot favourite among this bunch of young Indians,it presents a perfect milieu for online advertisers.Content-specific advertisements have become a rage on networking sites likeOrkut, TechTribe, LinkedIn, Ryze, Flickr, MSN Live Spaces, Blogger, Fropper andFacebook, which are a compelling buy for advertisers seeking to target the activelifestyle set the sites cater to.In short, content-specific networks are riding a wave of popularity and newernetworks seem to be springing up every day.Rajnish, head (digital marketing revenue and strategic business), MSN India,explains why marketers want to be seen on social networking sites: “In Asia, emailand instant messaging take 40-50 per cent of the time we spend online.Blogosphere is doubling in size every six months and an average Indian userspends anywhere between 40-60 minutes daily on social media sites. Littlewonder, banks, automobile companies, FMCGs, and even IT firms want a virtualadvert that’s both engaging and innovative.”
  • 20. Social media advertising has been taking the online advertising industry by storm.The total marketing spend on social media is forecast to grow at a compoundannual rate of 106.1 per cent from 2005 to 2010, reaching $757 million in 2010,according to a report from PQ Media.Some social-networking communities focus on vertical markets with a narrowly-defined audience, such as business-relationship sites like LinkedIn and TechTribe.Their ad revenue exceeded $20 million in 2006.“There has been a recent ‘change of guard’ online with social networks — frombeing a ‘push’ medium to a ‘pull’ medium,” remarks Rajnish, “MSN is usingpeople’s attention to engage users with advertisers through contextual advertisingand desktop television.”The audiences, in return, generate revenues each time they click on a banner,keyword or a floating advertisement on a webpage. While online rate cards are notexactly cheap, averaging between Rs 50,000 and Rs 2 lakh, the prices areexpected to get spiked by another 20-25 per cent by the end of 2007.Social-networking sites entice users to spend considerable time and view manypage views, and many sites are seeing those numbers increase.Nielsen/Net Ratings reports that users’ visits to YouTube grew in duration fromabout 17 minutes to 28 minutes (64 per cent) over the first six months of 2006.Page views grew 515 per cent during the same period. Members of communitiesspend hours looking up friends’ profiles and following paths of interconnectedrelationships. These long visits and high page views directly correlate to adrevenue.Blog advertising, worldwide, totalled $25 million in 2006, which includes blogs,podcasts and RSS advertising.“By the tail-end of 2007, even Indian bloggers (the well known ones) would bemaking money out of advertising on their blogs, podcasts, videos, personal webpages and other forms of user generated content,” claims a media buyer.Anil Kaul, CEO, Absolute Data, a research and analytics firm, has helped websitesand advertisers look beyond popular targeting options like geography anddemography “using complex targeting options on networks, like behavioural andcontextual and domain-level targeting. We have shown clients how to get the mostfrom an online advert.”
  • 21. ARTICLE-4The Perils Of Social NetworkingBY BRIAN DEAGONINVESTORS BUSINESS DAILYPosted 12/26/2007In November, more than 145 million people worldwide logged onto at least one ofthe 20 most-visited social networking Web sites, says Nielsen/NetRatings.Brian Mann wasnt among them.Its not that Mann, founder of management consulting firm Midnight Oil, is opposedto networking.Developing relationships, getting referrals and connecting with potentially newclients is crucial to his business.He has as many as eight business-related meals a week. He regularly attends aweekly networking group in Los Angeles, where 55 professionals meet forSaturday breakfast to discuss trends in technology, media and entertainment. Hevisits trade shows, conferences and seminars to make connections.Yet he says social networking Web sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook andMySpace, which let people post their profiles and potentially link up with hundredsof others, isnt for him.Quantity, Quality"Networking to me means adding real, incremental value to the person you meet,"Mann said. "You cant screen people on social networks the way you can in reallife."Social networks are not so much about quality as they are about quantity. Andquantity means you have to kiss a lot of frogs with the hope that someday youllfind a prince."Social networking Web sites remain a social experiment. Whether these sites canmaintain stickiness — keeping people coming back — is critical to keeping enoughviewers to draw advertisers.But as Mann attests, not everyone likes the sites, for business or pleasure.Users of Facebook revolted when the firm unveiled Beacon, a system designed tocatalog user activity and use the data so advertisers could more accurately trackads.
  • 22. Privacy advocates and analysts said Beacon was far more invasive than thecompany implied.Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg issued a public apology and changed theprogram so that only users who wanted to be part of Beacon were included in theprogram."The push-back was strong," said Nicholas Givotovsky, an analyst with researchfirm Diffusion Group. "Sometimes what people want isnt directly in line with thebusiness model of the company. Limits are being felt."A case in point to the limitations is a story told by Fons Tuinstra, director ofspeaker relations for China-based Chinabiz Speakers, on a recent Web postingtitled "Why LinkedIn Does not Work for Me."Tuinstra used LinkedIn to see if his contacts on the site would help him connect totheir contacts, in a bid to develop some business relationships.It didnt work.Turns out his contacts really didnt know the people they had listed as theircontacts, or at least didnt know them well enough to feel comfortable forwardingTuinstras request.Wrote Tuinstra: "A large number of people . . . have so many contacts that theycannot realistically know them personally."Tuinstra then offered this advice: "You should only add people you really know toyour contact list."Then theres the case of a man well call John Doe, since he spoke on condition henot be identified.On Facebook, John had linked to a female acquaintance that another friendrecommended, thinking she might become a client down the road.Racy PhotosWhen her photo popped up on Johns Facebook page one time, Johns girlfriendhappened to see it, and asked about her."My girlfriend began to think I had a secret life," he said.So John invited his girlfriend to check out his new friends Facebook page, to learnthat the connection was a professional contact. But John himself had failed tocheck out his new friends Facebook page thoroughly.And the friend had several racy photos of herself on the site, which his girlfriendsaw, adding to her suspicions. "Things escalated, and it ended up with mygirlfriend leaving me," John said.
  • 23. That example is among the reasons Mann and others avoid social networks. "Youcan end up putting control into the hands of people who dont have your bestinterest at heart," Mann said. "You can end up destroying your brand quicker thananything else."Analyst Givotovsky advises caution. "You cant treat socialnetworking with the casualness you would a video game," he said. "People need tothink hard about how they spend their time in the digital world, on what terms andwhat mechanisms they use."OTHER RESEARCHNetworks and Network StructureSocial network sites also provide rich sources of naturalistic behavioural data.Profile and linkage data from SNSs can be gathered either through the use ofautomated collection techniques or through datasets provided directly from thecompany, enabling network analysis researchers to explore large-scale patterns offinding, usage, and other visible indicators (Hogan, in press), and continuing ananalysis trend that started with examinations of blogs and other websites. Forinstance, Golder, Wilkinson and Huberman (2007) examined an anonym zeddataset consisting of 362 million messages exchanged by over four millionFacebook users for insight into Finding and messaging activities. Lampe, Ellison,and Steinfield (2007) explored the relationship between profile elements andnumber of Facebook friends, finding that profile fields that reduce transaction costsand are harder to falsify are most likely to be associated with larger number offriendship links. These kinds of data also lend themselves well to analysis throughnetwork visualization.SNS researchers have also studied the network structure of Friendship. Analyzingthe roles people played in the growth of Flicker and Yahoo! 360s networks,Kumar, Novak, and Tomkins (2006) argued that there are passive members,inviters, and linkers "who fully participate in the social evolution of the network".Scholarship concerning Live Journals network has included a Friendshipclassification scheme (Hsu, Lancaster, Paradesi, & Weniger, 2007), an analysis ofthe role of language in the topology of Friendship (Herring et al., 2007), researchinto the importance of geography in Friending (Liben-Nowell, Novak, Kumar,Raghavan, & Tomkins, 2005), and studies on what motivates people to joinparticular communities (Backstrom, Huttenlocher, Kleinberg, & Lan, 2006). Basedon Orkut data, Spertus, Sahami, and Büyükkökten (2005) identified a topology ofusers through their membership in certain communities; they suggest that sites canuse this to recommend additional communities of interest to users. Finally, Liu,Maes, and Davenport (2006) argued that Friend connections are not the onlynetwork structure worth investigating. They examined the ways in which theperformance of tastes (favorite music, books, film, etc.) constitutes an alternatenetwork structure, which they call a "taste fabric."Bridging Online and Offline Social NetworksAlthough exceptions exist, the available research suggests that most SNSsprimarily support pre-existing social relations. Ellison, Steinfield, and Lampe (2007)
  • 24. suggest that Facebook is used to maintain existing offline relationships or solidifyoffline connections, as opposed to meeting new people. These relationships maybe weak ties, but typically there is some common offline element amongindividuals who friend one another, such as a shared class at school. This is one ofthe chief dimensions that differentiate SNSs from earlier forms of public CMC suchas newsgroups (Ellison et al., 2007). Research in this vein has investigated howonline interactions interface with offline ones. For instance, Lampe, Ellison, andSteinfield (2006) found that Facebook users engage in "searching" for people withwhom they have an offline connection more than they "browse" for completestrangers to meet.PrivacyPopular press coverage of SNSs has emphasized potential privacy concerns,primarily concerning the safety of younger users (George, 2006; Kornblum &Marklein, 2006). Researchers have investigated the potential threats to privacyassociated with SNSs. In one of the first academic studies of privacy and SNSs,Gross and Acquisti (2005) analyzed 4,000 Carnegie Mellon University Facebookprofiles and outlined the potential threats to privacy contained in the personalinformation included on the site by students, such as the potential ability toreconstruct users social security numbers using information often found in profiles,such as hometown and date of birth.Acquits and Gross (2006) argue that there is often a disconnect between studentsdesire to protect privacy and their behaviours, a theme that is also explored inStutzmans (2006) survey of Facebook users and Barness (2006) description ofthe "privacy paradox" that occurs when teens are not aware of the public nature ofthe Internet. In analyzing trust on social network sites, Dwyer, Hiltz, and Passerini(2007) argued that trust and usage goals may affect what people are willing toshare—Facebook users expressed greater trust in Facebook than MySpace usersdid in MySpace and thus were more willing to share information on the site.In another study examining security issues and SNSs, Jagatic, Johnson,Jakobsson, and Menczer (2007) used freely accessible profile data from SNSs tocraft a "phishing" scheme that appeared to originate from a friend on the network;their targets were much more likely to give away information to this "friend" than toa perceived stranger. Survey data offer a more optimistic perspective on the issue,suggesting that teens are aware of potential privacy threats online and that manyare proactive about taking steps to minimize certain potential risks. Pew found that55% of online teens have profiles, 66% of whom report that their profile is notvisible to all Internet users (Lenhart & Madden, 2007). Of the teens with completelyopen profiles, 46% reported including at least some false information.
  • 25. UTILIZATION IN BUSINESSThere are many ways that business’ can use social networking web sites to theiradvantage but we are going to focus on three. The first aspect of a business thatcould use a social networking website for would be the hiring of employees. Suchsites as actually help many people searching for jobs and manycompanies looking for employees to find each other. It’s as simple as creating yourown resume and putting it out there. then takes your resume andcompares it to the needs and wants that companies have posted on the web siteand connects the company with people who meet or exceed their postedstandards. This a lot faster and involves a more broad spectrum of resources forwhich a company can use to find the perfect employee.Another aspect of business affected by social networking websites is marketing.With the millions of people that use social networking web sites, what better way tomarket your product then by buying space on those web sites? Whether it’sthrough banners or links millions of people will view your ads should they beplaced on a social networking website. An example is that of Through itsgreat reputation to gamers many gaming companies are willing to spendthousands of dollars for advertising space since they know that gamers who viewthe web site will most likely learn about their product. Not only is online advertisingmore effective than commercial advertising such as TV ads and magazines, it’salso more cost effective and reaches far more people than other forms ofadvertising. An example of the effectiveness of internet advertising in which experts have estimated that “Given its traffic levels, videostreams and page views, some have calculated that YouTubes potential revenuescould be in the millions per month.” (YouTube, 2007)A third aspect of business that is affected by social networking websites is that offair pricing. With so many businesses’ out there creating virtually the same productit’s easy for one to get lost in the broad spectrum of products. With socialnetworking websites people can get advice from experts, gain knowledge ofproduct through others who have used it, and get reviews on nearly anything thatis mass produced today. This in turn is also great for businesses. With all thisinformation out there concerning products it’s easy for a company to look through itand see what customers want and for how much. This in turn leads to betterproducts being made to suit the customers’ needs and wants.
  • 26. ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATIONThe popularity of the social networking sites is immense, specially amongst theyouth. The sample chosen had a majority of students from the B-Schools. Analysisof the data tells us that 98% of the students uses at least one of the networkingsites.Male 69Female 31 31% male female 69%below 15 yrs 215-19 yrs 020-24 yrs 6425-29 yrs 2830 yrs and above 1 70 64 60 50 40 30 below 15 yrs 28 15-19 yrs 20 10 20-24 yrs 2 25-29 yrs 0 0 below 15 yrs 1 30 yrs and above 20-24 yrs 30 yrs and above
  • 27. UNDERGRADUATE (a) 0 GRADUATE (b) 58 POSTGRADUATE (c) 42Of all the respondents 58% were graduate while the rest i.e. 42 % werepostgraduate.How many sites do the respondents use?59% of the respondents use only 1 site regularly, 2% using no such networkingsites and 39% of them using more than 1 site. Out of the ones who use more thanone site, 31% amongst them use two sites and 5 % use three sites with anexception of 3% use four and above networking sites. sites percentagOptions used e 4 ora above 3b 3 5c 2 31d 1 59e 0 2 Number of nteworking sites used 70 60 percentage users 50 40 30 20 10 0 1 2 3 4 5 number of sites used
  • 28. By this we infer that although these networking sites are getting very popular thesedays, most of the students use one site with the second majority being of thosewho use two networking sites.Now we will analyze which sites are the most popular ones. Sites Users Only Orkut 57 Orkut 94 Facebook 34 Yaari 6 My space 6 Hi5 6
  • 29. Popularity of sites 100 90 80 70 60 Percentage users 50 94 40 30 57 20 34 10 6 6 6 0 Only Orkut Facebook Yaari My space Hi5 Orkut SitesOrkut is a hands down winner in this regard. One major interpretation here is that59% users who use only 1 networking sites, 99% of them use orkut. Consideringthe overall data, 94% students seem to use orkut site which makes it the mostpopular one. The second most popular is facebook which is used by 34% peoplefollowed by a 6% share by each yaari, myspace and Hi5.The number of hours spent on these networking sites should be analyzed here todetermine what impact it would have on the users. The more the time spent, moreprobability of these sites being beneficial is there.
  • 30. Hours perweek Respondents15 orabove 1310 to 14 156 to 9 223 to 5 241 to 2 18less than 1 8The majority of the students spend on an average of about 6 to 9 hours every daysurfing these networking sites. Amongst those about 28% users spend more than1 hour everyday, ranging between 10 to over 15 hours being spent every week.The next question that arises is what else these students would be doing if notsurfing on these sites during that time. When we asked that question during thesurvey, we arrived at a number of such things. Activites Percentage Studying 18 Socialising 48 Constructive work 11 Reading novels 22 Others 8Most of the students would use the spare time for Socialising or hanging out withfriends if they were not using these networking sites. 40% were of the opinion thatthey would be studying or reading novels and books which means that thesenetworking sites are leaving the students with less time to study and to read booksand novels. 8% said that they would be doing some other things like social work,sports, pursuing their hobbies etc.
  • 31. What is it that attracts the students to spend time surfing rather than doing otherthings mentioned above. Some said it was because they could make morefriends, some said it was easier for them to stay in touch with their existing friends,for others it was to find old friends, to share a love relationship with or to find andinteract with people with common interests.Let us see what made these sites the most attractive: Usage Percentage to make new friends 20 to find old friends 52 to communicate with existing friends 60 for relationships 6 to find people with common interests 8This shows that the desire to find old friends along with the need to communicatewith the existing friends is making more and more students use these networkingsites. In only rare case, people are looking for relationships over there. Also 20%tend to use these sites for making new friends.The impact on youth can also be determined by analysing if these peoplehave met anyone in personal through these networking sites. Personal meetings Who met through networking sites Who did not meet through these sites
  • 32. About 29% of the users have met someone personally through these networkingsites which is a huge number as it takes a lot of trust in meeting someonepersonally. Here, the question arises regarding safety and trust as a lot of peoplefake their profiles.For some, these networking sites make them feel comfortable in their sexuality.For 49%, it is easier for them to be themselves while interacting through thesesites. It raises question as to how real they are while they act with people inpersonal or in their normal routine life.The networking sites for sure have some beneficial effects on the users. Letsexamine now how these social sites have benefited the users. BENEFITS USERS More friends 25% Better connectivity 63% Found my life partner 1% Enjoy leisure or time when I am alone 22% Link with prospective recruiters 7%Better connectivity is what these sites definitely provide. Also people seem to havemore friends through their use. It happens due to finding out old friends and alsoremaining in close connection with the old as well as the existing friends. This alsogives its users a way to enjoy themselves or the leisure time when they are alone.They can be themselves and also remain in touch with friends at the same time. Another benefit is the opportunity to connect with the prospective recruiters and tofind employment through these sites. Only an exception of 1% found their lifepartners through this.As per the survey, 80% of the people find that there is no as such negative impactin their personal life. Only 20% of the sample population feels that there is anegative impact on their personal lives. NEGATIVE IMPACT (a) 20 POSITIVE IMPACT (b) 80
  • 33. 20% 80% NEGATIVE IMPACT (a) POSITIVE IMPACT (b)From that of 20%, 55% feels that loss of time is the major cause of negative impactwhile 20% feels its loss of privacy and 15% feels that it makes them moredependent on electronic medium. Only 5% of the 20% people feel that it createssome emotional disturbance or less emotional bonding in relationships.IF YES %AGELOSS OF PRIVACY (a) 4LOSS OF TIME (b) 11RELIANCE ON ELECTRONIC MEDIUM(C) 3LESS EMOTIONAL BOND INRELATION (d) 1ANY OTHER (e) 1
  • 34. LOSS OF PRIVACY (a) LOSS OF TIME (b) RELIANCE ON ELECTRONIC MEDIUM (C) LESS EMOTIONAL BOND IN RELATION (d) ANY OTHER (e) 5% 5% 20% 15% 55%There was no clear view that came out of the survey regarding the stand whetherparent’s discretion and monitoring is required while there children use these socialnetworking sites. Because 48% of the respondents thought that it is required while52% said that they don’t think it is correct. PARENTS DISCRETION AND MONITERING REQUIRED YES (a) 48 NO(b) 52 48% YES (a) 52% NO(b)
  • 35. The survey also shows that only 36 people feel that social networking sites invadein their privacy. When we looked at the specific question asking about if parentsdiscretion and monitoring is required in this case for children using these sites, weget almost 48 saying definitely yes. So we see that these things indicate that thereis no as such anything wrong with the social networking sites and people find ituseful too. IF THERE IS INVASION OF PRIVACY YES (a) 36 NO (b) 64 36% YES (a) NO (b) 64%It clearly shows that social networking sites are having no crucial negativeimpact on people’s life.Influence of networking sites on lifestyle:Social networking sites have some or the other sort of influence on the lifestyle ofthe people. While some people did not feel that it influences the lifestyle as theyuse these networking sites just for connecting with friends and did not feel itsinfluence on their lifestyle.On the other hand, those who feel that it has some influence on their lifestyle had alot to share. The responses suggest that some people have got addicted to the
  • 36. networking sites and use them more often and as such their life is completelyinfluenced by these. People find it trendy to use these networking sites and being amember of the sites is considered trendy and in vogue thing. Some people surfthese sites to interact with people with similar preferences and it helps in theirdecision-making ability. They take the views and suggestions of the people beforetaking any such decisions and feel quite comfortable with it. Some people getknowledge about latest trends in fashion, electronic gadgets etc.The most staggering influence of these networking sites for some people is the useof abbreviated words like ‘d’ for ‘the’ and likewise. They tend to use the similarwords in their day to day life and even in official communication and often havesuffered due to this. For students, it often comes across during exams.Some people use abusive words to vent out their feelings on these networkingsites and the same has been seen in their personal life of late. Certain peopleoften use communities to dishonour their teachers and bosses or use bad-mouthing words for even celebrities and sports stars.Negative/bad experience from networking sites:Generally the networking sites have been of great utility to the users and they havefound it of immense importance. But some people have had bad experiences fromthese networking sites. These bad experiences have been seen observed more bythe female users than male users. The verification of genuine identity of the peopleis a problem. Many users have suffered from the same. People pose as someoneelse and tend to seek personal or confidential knowledge. This has led to breachof trust of a section of respondents. The albums are accessible to everyone and as
  • 37. such the pictures can be easily copied and have even been distorted in somecases and put on fake profiles. Same is the case with scrapbooks or messageboxes which is visible to everyone. Information meant for one person is visible toeveryone and is often harmful in relations. Some unknown people also put theircomments on the scrapbooks to attract undue attention. The language is alsooffensive on many occasions.The communities have even created furore over national and religious sentiments.Due to absence of any strict monitoring, communities targeted to humiliate one orthe other community has mushroomed. Communities like “I hate Muslims” or “Ihate Hindus” have created differences among the people and have often invitedunwanted tension and rift. Some community had an Indian flag burning whichshook the entire users of India and the national sentiments as a whole.Other insights:Social networking sites have become a way of expression for some individuals.They feel that life would have been incomplete without these sites. These haveshrunk the entire world and provided a common platform for all. Some people findit very important in this age of ever changing world where people move from oneplace to another very frequently. It has also bridged borders and brought aboutcross-cultural understanding and sensitivity. The need is to utilize it effectively forgood reasons and find ways to curb its negative influence. The situation alsodemands some kind of moral trafficking and policing to regulate its use. Even theuse of a social security number or some unique national identity could be asked forwhile opening an account to prevent its misuse. Privacy is a concern which someof the sites like Orkut have got sensitized to and are providing security option tothe users as to enable them use it as per their own discretion and avoidmishandling of their information or pictures, etc.All the uses of these networking sites vary from person to person and theirmentalities. Like each system has its good things as well as bad things, these sites
  • 38. also have both the aspects. It now depends on the individual how well they aregoing to use the same. Effective utilization is the source to gaining maximumadvantage out of these networking sites. LIMITATIONS 1. The sample size that we have taken is 100 which we are assuming that it is homogeneous and enough to carryout the research. 2. Most of the sample population consists of students and hence our research mainly focuses on students using social networking sites. 3. The analysis done is mainly judgmental in nature. 4. The concept of social networking sites is not very old in India thus not much of research has been done in regards to its effects. 5. The expertise of the questionnaire design is limited. 6. The underlying assumption is that the survey conducted in limited area represents the general psyche of the users of the social networking site.CONCLUSIONA social networking web site is an online community in which people can connectto others with similar interests. Since their start in 1995 with,social networking web sites have grown enormously to include such huge sitestoday as,, and Through these sites businesses’can use social networking web sites to connect to potential employees, marketnew products, and get feedback on their current products as well as new ideas forfuture products. Although there are many valuable assets to social networking websites, there are also major issues that the sites must address such as theprotection of private information, the protection of children, and the protection ofcopyrighted material. Although they have issues, social networking web sites arestill one of the best inventions of the modern era because they connect so manypeople.
  • 39. The work described above contributes to an on-going dialogue about theimportance of social network sites, both for practitioners and researchers. Vast,uncharted waters still remain to be explored. Methodologically, SNS researchersability to make causal claims is limited by a lack of experimental or longitudinalstudies. Although the situation is rapidly changing, scholars still have a limitedunderstanding of who is and who is not using these sites, why, and for whatpurposes. Such questions will require large-scale quantitative and qualitativeresearch. We hope that our findings and the work described here will help build afoundation for future investigations of these and other important issuessurrounding social network sites.SUGGESTIONSSome ideas for future research for social networking websites would be personalcontact offices to register on these sites to determine the legitimacy of the personwho is trying to register. Although this would most likely end up a great hassle, itwould provide the best security out there for people who are trying to have safe funand connect with people that share similar interests and ideas.Another future tool social networking websites could use would be a licensingagreement with certain parties to prevent copyright infringement from happeningon the Internet.Here are some ‘Golden Rules of Networking’ that wesuggest to be followed:1. Help without expecting immediate returns – you never know, if the small favouryou give to other person might get you his recommendation for the covetedposition in his company a few years down the line.2. Pursue excellence in all you do – ensure that people recommend you becauseof your good work3. Be genuine – people will see through your façade sooner or laterTo summarize at this point-
  • 40. 1. Use each interaction with someone as an opportunity to network – to build arelationship2. Base these interactions on the 3 principles to increase your effectiveness atnetworking.But…Wait a minute! Aren’t we missing something? Ah….it’s the People to build anetworkwith!!ANNEXTURE-1
  • 41. Name:1. Do you use any social networking sites?
  • 42. a. Yes b. No If yes, continue. Otherwise terminate.2. How many social networking sites do you use actively? a. 4 and above b. 3 c. 2 d. 13. Select the sites that you use: a. Orkut b. Facebook c. Yaari d. Myspace e. Hi5 f. Any others (please specify)_________________________________4. How many hours per week do you spend on using these sites? a. 15 and above b. 10- 14 c. 6-9 d. 3-5 e. 1-2 f. less than15. If you were not using these sites, what would you have done to utilise that time? a. studying b. hanging out with friends/socialising c. doing more constructive work d. reading novels e. Any others( pleasespecify)__________6. What do you use social networking sites for? a. to make new friends b. to find old friends c. to communicate with existing friends d. to find someone I can share a relationship with e. to interact with people with common interests7. Have you ever met someone in person that you have come to know through asocial network site? a. Yes b. No8. Do you think social network sites help you to feel comfortable in your sexuality? a. Yes b. No9. How has social networking sites benefited you as a user? a. I have more friends
  • 43. b. I am able to connect easily with my existing friends. c. I have found a life-partner through these sites. d. I find it a great way to enjoy my leisure or whenever I am alone. e. Link with prospective recruiters and find employment.10. Do you feel these networking sites have created any negative impact on yourpersonal life? a. Yes b. NoIf yes, then what do you feel can be these impacts? a. Loss of privacy b. Loss of time c. More reliance on electronic medium d. Less emotional bonding in relations e. Emotional disturbance e. Any others ( please specify)___________________________11. Do you think that there is invasion of privacy through these networking sites? a. Yes b. No12. Do you feel that parents’ discretion and monitoring is required in this case for children using these sites? a. Yes b. No13. Do these networking sites influence your lifestyle in any way? a. Yes b. No If yes, how will you describe the influence? __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  • 44. 14. Have you ever had any negative/bad experience from these networking sites? a. Yes b. No If yes, would you please describe the same?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________15. Any other insights you would like to provide?__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________16. Gender? a. Male b. Female17. What is your age-group? a. Below 15 yrs b.15-19 yrs c. 20-24yrs d. 25- 29yrs e. 30yrs and above18. What is your educational qualification? a. Undergraduate b. Graduate c. Post Graduate19. What is your profession? a. Business b. Pvt. Organigation c. Govt Service d. Student e.OthersThanks for your co-operation.