The proliferation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and new media environments has begun to challenge the premise that strong relationships require face-to-face interactions. It is the expansion and enhancement of technologies of communication such as the internet, smartphones and social media that have contributed to the recent, startling emergence of a new social environment of ubiquitous connectivity. The concept of “ICT-based co-presence” is used to capture and explore the diverse ways in which people maintain a sense of “being there” for each other across distance.
Baldassar, Loretta ; Nedelcu, Mihaela ; Merla, Laura ; Wilding, Raelene. ICT-based co-presence in transnational families and communities: challenging the premise of face-to-face proximity in sustaining relationships. In: Global Networks : a Journal ofTtransnational Affairs, Vol. 2016, no. 1, p. pp 133-144 (2016).
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