LIVING LONG-DISTANCE RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION

Almond Pilar N. Aguila

Abstract


Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their loved ones in thePhilippines manage to have dynamic relationships despite physical distance with Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) or the use of new media (the Internet and cellular phone). Theoretically guided by Marshall McLuhan and Stuart Hall, this paper presents three case studies that depict how individuals mindfully use communication technology to enact their relationships. Such interactions also entail the exchange of new ideas on gender roles, family relations, and dominant-subordinate roles that lead to cultural change. Conclusively, technology has made it easier for OFWs and their loved ones to overcome their aversion to being in long-distance relationships and overseas employment.

Keywords


New media, Long-distance relationships, Diaspora, Relationship maintenance, Computer-mediated communication

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