The paper "The Internet as One of the Most Important Things in Our Study and Social Life" is an excellent example of a research paper on social science. The random sampling method was used to identify a sample of 20 willing Melbourne residents to fill out questionnaires. The sample comprised of ten males and ten females all of the sound mind and aged between 18 and 30. These individuals were spotted randomly on the street and within the campus. 2.2.2 Questionnaire preparation The questionnaires were prepared through a process that sought to narrow down from the general theme of the research topic to the individual objectives of the study.
The first step of the questionnaires’ preparation was brainstorming. Numerous possible questions on the research topic were written down. The second step involved consultation with classwork, past research and facts on internet usage in Melbourne from secondary sources. The third step, involved sorting out questions to the fifteen most relevant ones. The questions were mainly closed with answers based on negative/positive, multiple-choice and Likert scale style with only a few questions being open-ended. 2.2.3 Procedure for administering the questionnaire and collecting the results Upon expressing willingness to participate, the respondents were issued with the questionnaire forms.
In some cases, the researcher read out the questionnaires to the respondents to save time. These processes of filing out questionnaires took place mainly in the streets of the city or campus. The results were tallied and presented using Microsoft excel. 3.0 Results and discussion 3.1 Hours spent on the spent internet daily Figure 1. Internet usage in hours Figure 1 shows the patterns in internet use in Melbourne. As the figure shows, male internet users and student internet users spend the longest time of 6-7 hrs on the internet each at 30%.
Females and non-students spend the least time of about 1-2hrs on the internet with females at 50% and students at 34%. Using the internet for 3-5hrs daily seems to be the most common trend. The moderate usage of the internet at 3-5hrs by the four groups indicates the growing reliance on the internet on various fronts. However, some groups such as non-students and females show minimal interest in internet use.
This can be explained by the fact that females tend to stay away from technological gadgets and since subjects. As for nonstudents, relatively lower internet use could be directed to family commitments and work. 3.2 Usage of social networks Figure 2 frequency of social networks Facebook is the most popular choice by females and students all at 35% each. Nonstudents have the highest preference for YouTube at 40%. This can be explained by the fact that non-students have more time at their disposal that to watch lengthy video clips on YouTube as opposed to students who can only manage shorter periods of time hence they go for Facebook and Twitter that is better suited for shorter periods use.