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Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2011 Jul-Aug;14(7-8):433-7. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2010.0406. Epub 2010 Nov 30.

Internet for the internationals: effects of internet use motivations on international students' college adjustment.

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Department of Communication, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea. eunju0204@snu.ac.kr

Abstract

Drawing upon the uses and gratifications approach, the current study examined how international students' Internet use motivations affect their academic, social, and emotional adjustments in the new environment. A total of 166 Chinese students studying in Korea participated in a web-based survey. First, a factor analysis identified four distinct motivations for Internet use: homeland orientation (to stay connected to the home country), local information seeking (to learn about the host society), local social interaction (to form interpersonal relationships locally), and entertainment. After controlling for the effects of sociodemographic variables (i.e., gender, year at school, length of residence, Korean language proficiency) and personality traits (i.e., extraversion, openness to experience, neuroticism), Internet use motivations were found to be significant predictors of international students' social and emotional adjustments. Specifically, those seeking to build a local social network through the Internet reported greater satisfaction with their social life, whereas homeland orientation was associated with poorer emotional adaptation. Various Internet activities, such as e-mail, blogging, and instant messaging, were not significantly related to college adjustments, suggesting the multi-functionality of Internet-based communication channels.

PMID:
21117984
DOI:
10.1089/cyber.2010.0406
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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