In-Betweenness and Ambiguity of Social Discovery Communication in China: An Example of Momo
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AbstractDifferent from social media in general, Momo is powerful in creating social discovery, especially for urban dwellers in China. Momo is a social discovery application in mainland China and its primary function is to discover strangers based on location. Momo has already attracted two billion users in 2015. Seen by many as the “magical app for a booty call”, the public and the media tend to oversimplify and stereotype this application. Through online and face-to-face interviews, this study was conducted in Beijing and Shanghai to understand the Momo users in metropolises. Interviewees expressed a condition of in-betweenness and ambiguous using habits. Several competing forces contribute to this condition. Quick pace in the city, confused social value, compressed modernity, unevenness development, political restrictions, and marketization all lead to in-betweenness.
All Author(s) ListDeya XU, Yungeng LI
Name of ConferenceThe 2016 conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
Start Date of Conference27/07/2016
End Date of Conference31/07/2016
Place of ConferenceLeicester
Country/Region of ConferenceGreat Britain
Proceedings TitleThe 2016 conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
Year2016
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsthe Stranger, Social media, Social discovery application, LBSNS, In-betweenness

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