Mass media are known for distracting people from their works; however, they are also crucial methods to practice sense of place and sense of belonging in the modern society. The use of smartphones and internet has dramatically changed the way of building relationship and self-identification, especially among young generation. This research is focusing on Social Networking Services (SNSs), which has been the most popular and efficient networking system since late 20th century, to study young generation’s behavior patterns. This study will demonstrate how international students at the University of Richmond experience the presence of home in spite of the absence of their physical home. Findings from literature review and research, group discussion, survey, and personal experiences are used to support the analysis.

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