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Does regular contact with home make you more or less homesick?

Has the ease with which people can now keep in touch with friends and family at home fundamentally changed the emigrant experience? A student in UCD is undertaking a research project to find out.

Has the internet fundamentally changed the emigrant experience?

Sat, Nov 24, 2012, 01:00

   

Has the ease with which people can now keep in touch with friends and family at home fundamentally changed the emigrant experience? Darragh Geraghty, a MA student in Library and Information Studies in UCD, is currently undertaking a research project to find out.

He would like to hear how your use of the internet, mobile phones, and sites such as Facebook and Skype have shaped or impacted on your experience of moving or living abroad.

He is particularly interested in the relationship between the use of technology and homesickness. Does talking to your friends and family virtually, and looking at photos of them regularly on Facebook, ease your homesickness or make you miss home more?

Darragh is asking Generation Emigration readers to complete a short and anonymous survey, which can be found here.

He has promised to report back on the findings, we’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, you can read more about the impact of technology on the emigrant experience in the very first article in the Generation Emigration series ‘I’m even more in touch with my father now than I was at home’ or watch this short video by UCD academic Lee Komito who has done some research on the topic:

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