Motivation

Since 2007, I have dedicated my studies, my career, and much of my free time into investigating, understanding, and marveling at the impact of digital growth and increased computer-mediated communication in East Asia. In the Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford University, I researched, specifically, East Asian user preferences, interaction patterns, and cognitive thought processes in using mobile phones and social networks. However, East Asian computer-mediated communication patterns and digital trends are drastically different than those in the west and no longer can be linked to single media such as mobile devices, online gaming, or social networks. The same applies for these patterns and trends in the west, but in a completely different way. Communication is constantly changing, but it has never grown this quickly before. My intention is to snapshot this growth both in the East and in the West, documenting the parallels and inevitable intersections.

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