Beyond “connected presence”: Multimedia mobile instant messaging in close relationship management
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AbstractDespite its worldwide popularity, mobile instant messaging (MIM) as a new mode of interpersonal communication has received scant scholarly attention by far. Drawing upon the notion of “connected presence,” this study extends related discussions by exploring the patterns of MIM interaction in the management of close relationships. Focusing on WeChat, the most popular MIM in China, this study presents findings based on interviews with young Chinese as WeChat users. This study finds that WeChat’s wide functionality enabled multimodal communication in varying situations. Four modes of WeChat interaction were identified: General information exchange, experience articulation, technical support, and sympathetic companionship. The study also analyzes how user construction attaches social meaning to certain communicative practices on WeChat.
All Author(s) ListCui D.
Journal nameMobile Media & Communication
Year2016
Month1
Day1
Volume Number4
Issue Number1
Pages19 - 36
ISSN2050-1579
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsChina, mobile, mobile instant messaging, relational maintenance, WeChat

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