Oh My God, My Family: A Grounded Theory Approach to Examining the Effect of Internet on Family Interaction

Abstract

Castro, A. (2018). Oh My God, My Family: A Grounded Theory Approach to Examining the Effect of Internet on Family Interaction, Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis. University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.

The introduction of new technologies, such as the Internet into the household has the potential to change the quality of family relationships. A large body of research exists on how communities, organizations, and individuals adapt to new communication technologies. However, research literature on the impact of new media technologies on the family is very limited and are mostly focused on Western countries. Drawing on the family systems theory and exploring a Grounded Theory approach, this study looked at the role of the Internet at home (specifically, selected houses in Metro Manila), how it is used, and ultimately how it affected family relationships. Research methods identified in Sikolohiyang Pilipino (Filipino Psychology) as appropriate in Philippine Culture such as pagtanong-tanong (informal, unstructured interviews), and pakapa-kapa (“groping”) were used for this study. Themes of access, connection, and boundaries emerged from the study. Using the data analysis process outlined in a Grounded Theory approach, a theoretical model was constructed. The findings suggest a positive effect on family cohesiveness, if the Internet was integrated into a household where family rituals and effective family communication take place.

Keywords: Internet, family relationship, family systems, Grounded Theory, Filipino Psychology


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