A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Domestic American and International Chinese Students’ Social Media Usage

Authors

  • Qiong Xu The University of Alabama, United States
  • Richard Mocarski The University of Alabama, United States

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v4i4.456

Keywords:

social media, international student, Chinese student, international community

Abstract

This survey of American and Chinese students at a state university in the southern United States measures Social Media (SM) use and attitudes toward SM. The purpose of this study was to investigate student perception and motivation of social media communication and the relationship between student cultural values and their social media participation. The implications of students’ social media participation to an international community were also explored in this study. Foregrounded in the analysis is the role that academic services play in domestic and international students’ scholastic experience, and what SM functions students’ use to engage with these services. The contribution of this study, beyond being one of the first to look at the difference between international and domestic students’ SM patterns, includes a call for the further nuancing of the construct of culture, where culture is dynamic and temporal, instead of just country of origin.

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Author Biographies

Qiong Xu, The University of Alabama, United States

Qiong Xu is a doctoral student at the University of Alabama specializing in information studies. Her research interests include interactive information retrieval, the intersections of social media and information behavior, with a particular interest in cross-cultural comparison. 

Richard Mocarski, The University of Alabama, United States

Richard Mocarski is a doctoral candidate at the University of Alabama specializing in power, culture, and rhetoric. He is also Director of Sponsored Programs at the University of Nebraska Kearney where he continues to foster collaborations that explores the ways social norms perpetuate through seemingly mundane interactions. 

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Published

2014-10-01

How to Cite

Xu, Q., & Mocarski, R. (2014). A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Domestic American and International Chinese Students’ Social Media Usage. Journal of International Students, 4(4), 374–388. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v4i4.456

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Research Articles