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Utbytesstudenters användande av sociala medier: en kvalitativ studie som fokuserar på tjänsternas betydelse för användargruppen
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Exchange students' usages of social media : a qualitative study that focuses on the significance of these services for the user group (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose is to investigate the significance of social media for the user group exchange students. But also to investigate their central information needs and how they reason regarding criticism of the sources when it comes to using social media. I used theories regarding information needs from different researchers. I also used a model concerning information behaviors from Wilson. I used another theory concerning building blocks in social media by Kietzmann, Hermkens, MacCarthy and Silvestre. The study was conducted using semi-structured qualitative interviews with 8 exchange students. The questions asked are: Which are a few exchange student’s central information needs and what areas of usage are they related to? What social media do a few exchange students use and what activities do they usually carry out while using them? How do a few exchange students reason regarding criticism of the sources when it comes to social media use? My first conclusion is that social media has a significance impact when it comes to providing exchange students with information. Exchange students can also use social media to communicate with friends, family and relatives. My second conclusion is that exchange student’s information needs are increased. They need more information about news, cultural information and practical information. The last conclusion is that exchange students have good knowledge regarding criticism about the sources and when it comes to judging trustworthiness.

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2017. , p. 88
Keywords [sv]
Sociala medier, Utbytesstudenter, Internationella studenter, Informationsbehov, Informationsbeteende
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Information Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-12903OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-12903DiVA, id: diva2:1151291
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Library and Information Science
Available from: 2018-01-26 Created: 2017-10-23 Last updated: 2018-02-12Bibliographically approved

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