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John Baldwin

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This study explores how international students use social media to manage their stress during the initial days in the university. The study employed in-depth interviews of seven participants to attain research data. The findings of the study show that the international students primarily use social media to connect with their family members and friends back in their countries, to make new friends in new cultural environment, and to find relaxation and entertainment. Thus, they efficiently manage their stress through their social media usage. However, the participants do not solely depend on social media for stress management as these media sometimes increase stress levels. This suggests that the international students need to socialize in real time which can help them managing stress and better cope with new academic and cultural environments.

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