An investigation of social networks' usages & purposes: A closed society near the border


Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Istanbul Technical University, Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü, Turkey

Approval Date: 2021

Thesis Language: English

Student: SİNEM ÖZKÜÇÜK

Supervisor: Tuncay Zorlu

Abstract:

It is apparently observed in today's world McLuhan's (1964) prediction that technology would globalize people and turn the world into a global village is coming true in the virtual world. In the information age, while the three quarter of the world residents are on the way to be global citizens and adapt to the new developments in a rapid way, there still exist some communities who are deeply rooted in their traditions which last for centuries. The local people of Akçakale district in the southeastern region of Turkey are one of these communities. Most locals in Akçakale are still living in a closed tribal system with a patriarchal structure which has disadvantageous features such as illiteracy and gender discrimination. Taking into account of the pros and cons of new technologies of the information age as well as the new life's necessities, this research focuses on the social network usages and purposes of disadvantageous groups in the information age in order to see: whether there is a significant difference between gender, age, education variables and Internet habits of the local people of Akçakale district. The method of the research is descriptive survey model and quantitative research methods were also used. A questionnaire was applied to 122 local participants in collecting the data. First, the personal information form created by the researcher was applied to determine the demographic characteristics of the local people in Akçakale and their use of Internet and social media. Secondly, "Social Networks Usage Purposes Scale" developed by Usuel, Demir and Çınar in 2014 was applied. SPSS statistical program was used for data analysis. In the findings of the study, it is revealed that gender, education and age factors affect the Internet usages and purposes of the local participants. Based on these findings, suggestions and comments were made for the research area. Keywords: Social Network, Social Media, Information Age, Information Society, Internet Risks, Disadvantaged Community