The Study of International Students’ Internet Dependency
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- The Study of International Students’ Internet Dependency
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- 유학생들의 인터넷의존에 관한 연구
- Kim, Jin-Young
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- 커뮤니케이션학 연구, v.16, no.4, pp.185 - 204
- Utilizing media dependency theory, this study sought to determine whether or not the Internet has powerful cognitive, affective, and behavioral effects when foreign students studying abroad had few other means to get information about their country. Previous dependency studies have focused primarily on media dependency phenomenon under certain circumstances of natural disasters. This study investigated media dependency as a naturally occurring phenomenon under the conditions present in the normal lives of international students. The findings show that the more students perceived their national identity and communication needs, the stronger Internet dependency they have. Additionally, those who had stronger Internet dependency showed greater cognitive and behavioral effects than those who had weaker Internet dependency. Chinese students studying abroad in Korea depend highly on Internet media, more so than Korean students. The result shows that the fewer functional alternatives available to an audience, the more dependency there is on a specific medium. Meanwhile, Internet dependency differs from Internet exposure and frequency of Internet use.
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