Browsing social media sites portrays every
person is leading a worthier life than your own. When a
person feels that they are generally worse off than the
people they associate with or the standards set by the
society they live in, this will result in comparison, at that
point, relative deprivation may emerge. Ordinarily,
there will always be others who can have more.
Nevertheless, even those people who can achieve beyond
may sometime feel deprived since they cannot stop to
compare themselves and what they have. People may
feel deprivation since there is no contentment. Hence,
the objective of this study is to determine the perception
of the Philippine College of Science and Technology’s
criminology students to relative deprivation using social
media sites. The study used a qualitative research
design specifically an exploratory approach.
Consequently, the interview was aided by an interview
guide which is semi structured in nature and the data
gathered were analyzed using qualitative content
analysis method. As a result, the perception of the
participants in comparing themselves to others based on
their social media exposure is discontentment, envy, and
motivation. Moreover, it was concluded that relative
deprivation can assist individuals in recognizing their
potential and motivating them to reach on the
possessions or feelings they feel deprived of which can
be harnessed and used for creating positive outcomes.
However, relative deprivation does have certain
negative impacts such as discontentment and envy, it
served as a motivating factor for the participants to
Keywords : Perception, Relative Deprivation, Social Media Sites, Students.