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Online Interactivity Induces Offline Social Isolation? A longitudinal social network survey
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, Department of Psychology, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan ; , Master of Business Administration, Soochow University, Taiwan

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Washington, DC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-54-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Fading back or withdrawing, high drop-out rates are often heard problems in the literatures of online education. The mainstream research articles tend to solve these complex problems by increasing the level of interactivity. However, in this paper's longitudinal social network survey of online and offline network, we are surprised to find that online interactivity might induce offline social isolation. Perhaps due to the quick response and rapid diffusion features of CMC, the online network has the evolution possibility to the "mainstream-centered & diversified margins" configuration. Owing to the social psychological need, campus students might compensate it by offline world's social relationship, and the whole group differentiates to more isolated cliques than before. If the phenomenon is generally existed, then what we need is to develop a social theory of transactional distance.

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Wang, S.F. & Cheng, Y.J. (2004). Online Interactivity Induces Offline Social Isolation? A longitudinal social network survey. In J. Nall & R. Robson (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2004--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2217-2227). Washington, DC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 21, 2019 from .

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