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    Struggling with Gift-Giving Obligations: When Mobile Messages are too Laborious to Reciprocate

    People and Computers XXII
    Culture, Creativity, Interaction

    Proceedings of HCI 2008
    The 22nd British HCI Group Annual Conference
    Liverpool John Moores University, UK

    1 - 5 September 2008

    AUTHORS

    Antti Salovaara

    ABSTRACT

    Messaging with new media should be fun, but sometimes participating in conversations can become a burden for users due to the effort required. In this paper, examples of such situations are presented from a study on a multimedia program for mobile phones that can be used to create MMS-based comic strips. The examples show how the social system of gift-giving obligations, originally presented by anthropologist Marcel Mauss, still has a role in everyday social interaction of today. The identified problems give rise to a number of design implications to alleviate problems in gift-giving.

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