International Adjustment & SNS

@ University of Maryland, College Park | iSchool (College of Information Studies)

Primary Researcher / Online Survey + Semi-structured Interview

mobilesocialnetwork-intl-adjustment

New international students’ social information practices during transition to their host country

This paper focuses on how ICTs, specifically mobile social networking and messaging services transform international newcomer students’ information practices during their transition to a new country. This work contributes to migrant information behavior literature by characterizing international newcomer students’ use of social technologies before and during their adjustment to host environments and identifying the role of social technologies in shaping international newcomer students’ social capital development and information acquisition. This paper argues that international newcomer students’ local social contexts with many or fewer co-national students interact with their socio-technical contexts to affect their significantly varied use of social technologies and their information acquisition during their adjustment to new environments.