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Age- and Gender-dependent Differences of Asylum Seekers’ Information Behavior and Online Media Usage

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Title:Age- and Gender-dependent Differences of Asylum Seekers’ Information Behavior and Online Media Usage
Authors:Zimmer, Franziska
Scheibe, Katrin
Keywords:Culture, Identity, and Inclusion
asylum seeker
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information behavior
social media
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Date Issued:07 Jan 2020
Abstract:This investigation is about asylum seekers’ information and communications technologies (ICT) as well as online media usage and their motivation to apply a system after arriving in their destination country. As the asylum seekers left their homeland and need to rebuild their life in a different country with a new culture and a foreign language, their (information) behavior might have adapted to the given circumstances. What online systems and social media do asylum seekers apply to satisfy their need for information, entertainment, social interaction, and self-presentation? How do different age groups behave? Are there gender-dependent differences? A mixed method approach with semi-structured interviews while filling in a questionnaire was applied. In total, 45 asylum seekers from the Middle East were interviewed in Germany. The smartphone is an essential media for communication and integration for the asylum seekers. Adults mainly use social media for information whereas children use social media for entertainment purposes, as many adults do not find time for it; and, both groups for social interaction.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Appears in Collections: Culture, Identity, and Inclusion

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