Title: Snapchat usage from the international perspective: comparison between the USA and South Korea

Authors: Soojung Kim; Haseon Park; Joonghwa Lee

Addresses: Department of Communication, University of North Dakota, Columbia Hall, Room 2370, 501 N Columbia Rd., Stop 7169, Grand Forks, ND 58202, USA ' Department of Advertising and Public Relations, College of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Alabama, Reese Phifer Hall, Room 472, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA ' Department of Communication, University of North Dakota, Columbia Hall, Room 2370, 501 N Columbia Rd., Stop 7169, Grand Forks, ND 58202, USA

Abstract: This study explored international differences in Snapchat usage between the USA and Korea by taking long-term orientation, separateness self-schema, and motivations into account. The results from an online survey revealed that both long-term orientation and separateness self-schema were associated with attitudes toward Snapchat and intention to use Snapchat. Interestingly, long-term orientation relationship had positive relationships with attitudes toward Snapchat and intention to use Snapchat in spite of the ephemeral characteristic of Snapchat. Separateness self-schema, as expected, had positive relationships with attitudes toward Snapchat and intention to use Snapchat. In terms of national differences, motivations that significantly influenced attitudes toward Snapchat and intention to use Snapchat were also found to be different between the two countries. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Keywords: Snapchat; long-term orientation; separateness; motivations; culture; USA; South Korea.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMC.2021.10033429

International Journal of Mobile Communications, 2021 Vol.19 No.6, pp.734 - 751

Received: 29 Oct 2019
Accepted: 27 Jun 2020

Published online: 25 Oct 2021 *

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