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Social Media Usage, Social Relations, and a Sense of Community in Indonesia

Hamideh Molaei
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Hamideh Molaei: Department of Media and Communications, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies (IJICST), 2014, vol. 4, issue 2, 50-63

Abstract: Because of their participatory nature, social media can facilitate and accelerate social relationships, but their functions may vary from one cultural context to another. This article aims to investigate whether social media usage affects social relations and a sense of community in Indonesia, a country dominated by a collectivist culture. Based on a qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews with Indonesian journalists, social media experts, and media scholars, the author concludes that social media enhance social relationships in Indonesia in two different ways: first, by facilitating and extending social relationships within the existing offline networks of friends; and, second, by contributing to the spirit of togetherness and solidarity among the members of a community.

Date: 2014
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