2. Methods

Questions for the Interdisciplinary Research Studies Interview
Group A (Johanna Lim Ziyun, Kok Li Ying, Chong Yong Liang and Ng Wei Jie)

Today, the topic we are going to talk about is the negative and positive effects of social media and how we are able to overcome the negative impacts. We are going to get more information by getting other students to do the survey. We can then see whether it really affects them. (academically etc). We are going to conduct the survey and we have formulated our interview questions below. 

What types of social media do you use? (Multiple-choice) You can tick more than once.
A: Facebook
B: Twitter
C: Instagram
D: Tumblr
E: Google+
F: Edmodo
G: Whatsapp 
H: Line
I: We-chat
J: Flickr
K: Myspace
L: Blogger
M: Foursquare
N: Friendster
O: Ask.fm
P: Others
~Reason for choosing this question: We want to investigate trending social media sites so that we will be able to focus on those particular sites. We will then be able to familiarise ourselves so that we will know the functions in them and will be able to find ways to solve the problem.

2) Which social media do you use the most?
~Reason for choosing this question, we want to see which social media is the most popular one so that we will be able to focus on one and find out more about it. 

Why do you use social media? (Open-ended)
~Reason why we chose to ask this question: We want to find out how social media is addictive and find out what is their selling point which attracts many people (of all ages). 

Approximately, how many hours do you use social media everyday? (Multiple-choice)
A: 0 to 2 hours
B: 3 hours to 4 hours
C: 5 hours to 6 hours
D: 7 hours to 8 hours
E: Others
~Reason why we chose to ask this question: We want to find out how many hours they stay on Facebook so that if they stay on Facebook for 5 hours everyday, we will allow them to decrease the number of hours gradually and not at one go as they may not be able to take the heavy blow. 

a. Do you think it is possible for people who are addicted to social media to quit? (Multiple-choice)
A: Yes
B: No
b. Why do you think they will be able/not be able to stop their addiction? (Open-ended)
~Reason why we chose to ask this question: We want to find out what the chances are in solving this problem and how might we face it. 

What would be your reaction if social media did not exist? (Open-ended)
~Reason why we chose this question: We want to see the student’s reactions and this will help us in plotting our solution to solve the problem. We will be able to know how addicted and why the students cannot ‘survive’ with it. 

What are your priorities? (Multiple-choice)
A: Homework, projects, social media
B: Half of your homework, social media (2 hours), one quarter of your homework, projects, social media, the other one quarter of your homework
C: Social media, homework, projects
D: Others
Please state:
~Reason for choosing this question: We feel that we should know the student’s priorities as we will then be able to assess the situation and try to change their time schedule etc. 

a. Do you prefer studying or going on to social media? (Multiple-choice)
A: Studying
B: Social Media
~Reason for choosing this question: We want to find out the preference of students in SST.
b. Please elaborate on your answer. (Open-ended)
~Reason for choosing this question: We want to investigate the reasons to why students prefer this over that. We will then be able to know how to draw the attention of students. (learning in a whole new way)

How do you think we can prevent students from using too much social media? 
~Reason for choosing this question: We want to see the possible solutions to stop the addiction from occurring and how to make it better and more effective. 

Does using social media affect your grades? (i.e. Do you fail or barely passed any subject?) (Multiple-choice)
A: Yes
B: No
~Reason for choosing this question: We want to know whether social media affects the grades of the students.

How did we give out the survey and to whom? 
Chong Yong Liang:
I gave it out to multiple kinds of people, some of my SST friends from my primary school, I mean they seemed unique and different and I would like receive various opinions. Other than that, I also asked people who use Facebook frequently and people who detest Facebook, these groups may have a vast contrast, but it was to get multiple prospectives on the matter and so to give the Facebook-ers their own say. Lastly, I also asked some new friends as we just met I do not think they would be biased so I will get all truthful answers. 

Johanna Lim Ziyun:
I gave out surveys to my friends who are online on social media at different times. They also use different social media. I chose them as I wanted to get a variety of answers, coming from the social networks other than the usual Facebook. Anyway, most of them spend 5 to 6 hours which is a period of time where they could study. In the discussion tab, we will tell you more about the relationships between the students and social media. On Facebook, students can either choose to do quizzes, play games, chat with their friends or have a general discussion. There are many possibilities so we have to zoom into it and try to find the solution to the problem that is arising. 

Kok Li Ying:
The survey forms were given out to friends who use social media a lot, especially those who use Facebook and Whatsapp a lot. I chose them as I want to know how people use the same type of social media sites, for example how long etc. Since Facebook is the SNS (Social Networking Site) that most students use, we want to know how the various SST students spend time on Facebook. Most people either chat with friends, discuss for project work or just to play games.

Ng Wei Jie:
We just gave out our forms to people we know, whom we know who will not lie to us, and they also have no idea why we are asking them. We just asked them to help us do our survey. We just just used pen and paper and passed it to them as a friend.

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