Internet and social support among Chinese migrants in Singapore

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Author(s)

  • Wenli Chen
  • Alfred Siu Kay Choi

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Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1067-1084
Journal / PublicationNew Media and Society
Volume13
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

Abstract

With the mounting importance of the internet for interpersonal communication and increasing migration brought about by globalization, it is timely to examine computer-mediated social support (CMSS) among international migrants. A survey was conducted among a random sample of 710 Chinese migrants in Singapore, to measure the extent the migrants participate in CMSS and to identify factors that affect their CMSS-seeking behavior. This study found that CMSS has become an efficient and valuable supplement to the migrants' traditional/offline social support and that the migrants actively seek CMSS, especially in the early migration stage. Factors affecting CMSS-seeking behavior include length of migration, availability of traditional social support, and level of satisfaction resulting from the CMSS seeking experience. This study took the Uses and Gratifications theory from a different angle to look into the relationship between the level of satisfaction on the CMSS received and the possible continued seeking of CMSS. © The Author(s) 2011.

Research Area(s)

  • computer-mediated social support, intercultural adaptation, international migration, social support, Uses and Gratifications

Citation Format(s)

Internet and social support among Chinese migrants in Singapore. / Chen, Wenli; Choi, Alfred Siu Kay.

In: New Media and Society, Vol. 13, No. 7, 11.2011, p. 1067-1084.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal