Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Advance & Scientific Innovation, ICASI 2020, 20 June 2020, Medan, Indonesia

Research Article

WhatsApp Group Application: Increasing or Decreasing The Closeness

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.20-6-2020.2300614,
        author={Hanny  Hafiar and La Ode  Herman and La  Tarifu and Sitti Utami Rezkiawaty Kamil and Faturachman Alputra Sudirman and Fera Tri Susilawaty and Ari Agung Prastowo},
        title={WhatsApp Group Application: Increasing or Decreasing The Closeness},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Advance \& Scientific Innovation, ICASI 2020, 20 June 2020, Medan, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICASI},
        year={2020},
        month={9},
        keywords={application whatsapp group students politics},
        doi={10.4108/eai.20-6-2020.2300614}
    }
    
  • Hanny Hafiar
    La Ode Herman
    La Tarifu
    Sitti Utami Rezkiawaty Kamil
    Faturachman Alputra Sudirman
    Fera Tri Susilawaty
    Ari Agung Prastowo
    Year: 2020
    WhatsApp Group Application: Increasing or Decreasing The Closeness
    ICASI
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.20-6-2020.2300614
Hanny Hafiar1,*, La Ode Herman2, La Tarifu2, Sitti Utami Rezkiawaty Kamil2, Faturachman Alputra Sudirman2, Fera Tri Susilawaty2, Ari Agung Prastowo1
  • 1: Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia
  • 2: Universitas Halu Oleo, Kendari, Indonesia
*Contact email: hanny.hafiar@unpad.ac.id

Abstract

The contestation of presidential elections tends to color the content of public talks. This includes students from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, at Halu Oleo University, which is channeled through WhatsApp Group (WAG). Differences in the choice between users often lead to conflict. Therefore, this article aims to describe the merger and number of WAGs that are followed, conflicts that occur in the WAG, acts of leave groups conducted by WAG members, as well as comments given after the leave group event by one of the members related to the conflict. In some WAGs that followed, there were conflicts relating to presidential elections which led to the leave group action conducted by WAG members. The debate and conflict that occurred on the WhatsApp group, showed that as a communication media, WhatsApp Group had a role in increasing, while reducing the level of closeness among group members. Even though the initial goal of group formation was based on the desire to establish closer communication between members who were friends and partners. The awareness of members on the initial purpose of forming WAG is expected to minimize possible conflicts in the WAG, so that the conditions of relations between members can be harmonious