Marriage migrants’ use of social media

Soontae An, Sun Sun Lim, Hannah Lee

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This study analyzed the role and impact of social media use on the daily lives of marriage migrants. We empirically examined a moderated mediation model by surveying 201 marriage migrants. This study focused on four key concepts: social stigma, empowerment, self-stigma, and social networks forged via social media such as Facebook, Kakao Talk, LINE, and Viber. The results confirmed that the detrimental effect of social stigma can be mitigated by robust social networks, and a greater feeling of empowerment resulted in less self-stigma. Consequently, social networks through social media acted as a buffer against negative public opinion or any belittling views. Furthermore, solid social networks were linked to feelings of support and empowerment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-99
Number of pages17
JournalAsian Journal of Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Mar 2020

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  • Marriage migrants
  • empowerment
  • self-Stigma
  • social media
  • social network
  • social stigma


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