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It's about missing much more than the people: How students use digital technologies to alleviate homesickness

RM Kelly, Y Cheng

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings | ACM | Published : 2021


Homesickness, which refers to feelings of distress caused by separation from home, is prevalent among university-aged students. Chronic homesickness can exacerbate mood problems, erode academic performance and lead to dropout from school. The present research examines how students use digital technologies to resolve the experience of missing home. Qualitative interviews and diaries with 50 students at major Australian universities revealed that technologies play a signifcant role in alleviating homesickness. Specifcally, students use technologies to acquire social contact, fnd help and support, build co-presence to recreate their home, connect with culture, experience distant places, and reg..

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