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Use of Facebook: A case study of Singapore students’ experience
Computer-mediated communication
Social interaction
Social networking sites
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Hew, K. F., & Cheung, W. S. (2012). Use of Facebook: A case study of Singapore students' experience. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 32(2), 181-196.
Facebook has become one of the most popular social network sites among many students. However, current research on Facebook use has focused mainly on Anglo- American students. Relatively little is known about Facebook use in Singapore. Data were collected from 83 students (ages ranged from 15 to 23). This study uses a naturalistic case study wherein the students’ decision to use Facebook is a personal decision and on a voluntarily basis; their participation is not a required or graded component. The specific objectives of the study are first, to examine Singapore students’ motives for using Facebook; second, to investigate the types of friends they communicated with on Facebook; and third, to examine how students manage their privacy on the social networking site. Findings suggested that the current sample of Singapore students used Facebook primarily for non-educational purposes. Specifically, Facebook was used to maintain relationships with existing known friends such as former or current schoolmates. Respondents also reported using Facebook for entertainment purposes and to vent their emotions. No respondent reported using Facebook for educational purposes. The most common strategy for privacy protection utilized by the respondents was to decrease profile information visibility through restricting access to only known friends. Educational implications of the findings as well as suggestions for future research are provided.
This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Education. The published version is available online at
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