The Role of Internet in Study Abroad Related Stress in Taiwan
Abstract: Study abroad is a difficult undertaking, wherein stress and anxiety are almost always an indispensable part of the experience. With the current technological advancement, many studies have shown that internet use is able to diminish study abroad related stress. In light of these issues, the current paper shall present the findings of an empirical study describing the development of a tool in measuring the study abroad students’ internet use motives. A total of 888 volunteer study abroad students from various countries studying in Taiwan participated in the survey. Findings show that there are three distinct internet use motives, namely: online benefits, online habits, and online facilitation. In addition, prior internet use habits seem to contribute to the lowering of the students’ level of depression. More importantly, succeeding internet use motives during study abroad also contributed significantly to the lowering of the students’ level of depression.