Title: Social networking and adjustments among international students
Authors: Lin, Jih-Hsuan
Peng, Wei
Kim, Mijung
Kim, Sung Yeun
LaRose, Robert
Department of Communication and Technology
Keywords: adjustments;cultural differences;extroversion;Facebook;horizontal collectivism;international students;social capital;social network sites
Issue Date: 1-May-2012
Abstract: How do social media facilitate adjustment to changes in social structure and culture? This research examines the impact of online social networking on online and offline social capitals and adjustment of international students in the United States. A survey of 195 international students in a major Midwestern university showed that students' interactions with Americans and home country friends using Facebook, extroversion, and horizontal collectivism were positively related to international students' social adjustment and online bridging capital. Facebook usage mediated the relationship between extroversion and online social capital. The implications of social network site use, personality, and cultural difference on social capital and adjustment are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11536/16219
ISSN: 1461-4448
Volume: 14
Issue: 3
End Page: 421
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