International Students’ Perception of Media Literacy in Japan: Focusing on Cell Phones and Smartphones

ID: 41563 Type: Full Paper: Conceptual & Empirical Study
  1. Shaoyu Ye and Masao Murota, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Tuesday, June 24 10:30 AM-11:00 AM

Presider:
Shaoyu Ye, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan

The paper is a report on the findings of a study conducted on international students (ISs)’ usage of cell phones, smartphones and computers, and their perceptions of media literacy on Internet usage. Multiple analysis techniques were employed to examine them. The results revealed that (a) ISs used cell phones mainly to make voice calls while they used smartphones to make voice calls, send text messages and access the Internet; (b) IS smartphone users perceived “information retrieval” and “information browsing” as equally important, their scores both higher than that of “information transmission.” These findings indicate that smartphones have become an essential tool to retrieve and browse information in their daily lives, which could be expected to help raise their satisfaction with daily lives and adaptation to life in Japan.

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