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Will Social Media and Its Consumption Converge or Diverge Global Consumer Culture?

Will Social Media and Its Consumption Converge or Diverge Global Consumer Culture?
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Author(s): Yowei Kang (National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan) and Kenneth C. C. Yang (The University of Texas at El Paso, USA)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 20
Source title: Analyzing Global Social Media Consumption
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patrick Kanyi Wamuyu (United States International University – Africa, Kenya)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4718-2.ch005

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Abstract

Social media have been claimed to homogenize human and consumer behaviors around the world – in other words, to make people think, feel, and act alike regardless of national borders. Scholars often debate this claim from either a convergence or a divergence perspective from the marketing and consumer behavior literature. The theoretical foundation will be based on the convergence-divergence debates that postulate universal consumption patterns and values are made possible, due to the industrialization, modernization, technology, and wealth accumulation. The authors use perceptions of online privacy among users of privacy-invasive technologies as an example to discuss why people will think the same about their own privacy could be a myth for the failure to consider the unique socio-cultural characteristics of each nation. This study begins with a global consumption analysis of social media around the world. Then, they examine how privacy concerns may help account for the homogenization or heterogenization trend of global consumer culture. Discussions and implications are provided.

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