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A Study on the Network Residence of College Students Living in Dormitories

박영미 1 Jungmin Choi 1

1건국대학교

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ABSTRACT

The number of single or 2-person households is rapidly increasing in our society, corresponding to rapid changes in familial structures and lifestyles. Now it is thus common to have family members live separately. The concept of “network residence” was developed along with this new familial structure. This study aimed to explore a new concept of “network residence”, related characteristics, and future housing directions to accommodate these new familial characteristics. The major data collection method was a questionnaire survey targeting 411 single college students living in dormitories. We investigated their network residence conditions, relationships with family members, and opinions. Results showed that the average monthly cost of tuition, housing, and living was approximately 1.60 million Korean Won (19 million KRW annually). The majority of the expenses (93%) were paid by parents or close relatives. Many students (69%), however, had strong psychological bonding to friends or acquaintances rather than their parents. Interestingly, students’ perceived family boundary was far broader - about triple - than the actual family size. They considered their relatives not even living with them as their family members. This showed students had conceptual connections with their actual and extended family members. This is the evidence to show how the concept of network residence works for them.

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