Impact of Social Networks on Interpersonal Communication of the Students University College Irbid Girls: Facebook as a Model

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Impact of Social Networks on Interpersonal Communication of the Students University College Irbid Girls: Facebook as a Model


Al-Khaddam, Hamza Khalil, Cross - Cultural Communication


Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of the social networks on the interpersonal communication of the students University College Irbid girls. To achieve the objective of the study, the researcher used the descriptive and analytical method to analyze the data of the study. The study sample consisted of 296 female students. The study found out the following results:

* There is a statistically significant relationship between the use of Facebook and the number of hours used and the interpersonal communication of the students.

* There is no statistically significant difference related to the impact of the use of Facebook on the interpersonal communication of the students due to the monthly income, specialization, and the academic level at the significance level (0.01). Yet, there is a statistically significant difference related to the impact of the use of Facebook on the interpersonal communication of the students due to the place of residence.

* The Facebook affects the behavior of students at the University College Irbid girls because it reduced the desire the interpersonal communication of the students with others.

Key words: Facebook; Interpersonal communication of the students; University College Irbid girls

1. INTRODUCTION

The present age is featured as the era of information and communication revolution. All of the globe becomes a single electronic village as a result to the World Wide Web, which effectively contributed with the interaction between people of different cultures. In addition, it is noticeable that the community group that uses the social networking more than others is the youth. That would be attributed to cultural, scientific, social, political, and entertaining purposes among others. However, it seems striking that the extensive use of the social networks by these young people reduces their personal interaction with other members of the community. In addition, the interpersonal communication is one of the most important types of communication that are held between the sender and receiver with a face-to-face meeting such as: lectures, interviews, and seminars. Further, the interpersonal communication is regarded as the most common type of the influential and persuasive contact because it moves in two directions from the sender to the receiver and vice versa. It has an immediate response. It is also characterized by the presence of the human senses. It is a necessary and essential process to strengthen the human relations between people, individuals, groups, institutions and peoples, taking into account that no nation can live without it with no regard to information technology (Abu Arqoub, 2011, pp.121-125).

1.1 The Problem of the Study

The problem of the study is determined in that the social networking sites have positive and negative effects. This study, therefore, is interested in determining whether "Facebook" as a social networking site has a positive or negative impact on the interaction of students University College irbid girls with friends and others.

1.2 The Significance of the Study

This study is of paramount importance because it is one of the first studies that shed light on the impact of "Facebook" on the interpersonal communication of students University College irbid girls so as to determine the patterns of the interpersonal communication between the college students and others.

1.3 Objectives of the Study

The aim of this study was to identify the following:

* The social and economic characteristics of the study sample.

* The impact of the use of Facebook on the interpersonal communication of students University College Irbid girls.

* The existence of statistically significant differences to the effects of Facebook on the interpersonal communication with other members of society due to the variables of monthly household income, college and school level, and place of residence. …

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