Network Patterns: Combining Features
This chapter describes the media patterns observed among international students. Each network exhibits a different pattern of relationships and media used for maintaining contact. Four different network patterns are formed by combining profiles of media use along with the structural and compositional network characteristics. These four patterns are: Like or Follow me (transnational networks with extensive use of social media), Let’s meet asap :) (local networks where face-to-face contact is the most prevalent), FaceTime or Skype? (small, dense networks of strong ties, where email and Skype are often used), and Where’s the party tonight? (large, sparse networks of weaker ties, with low media use). The chapter examines numerous aspects of the international students’ networks and also demonstrates how these networks influence the exchange of social support.
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