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    Love Is All You Need: User Preferences of Strategies for Mediating Intimate Relationships Through Technology

    HCI 2018

    Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2018)

    Belfast, UK, 4 - 6 July 2018


    Yulia Silina, Adela Apetroaia & Anne Hsu



    Maintaining a sense of relatedness with loved-ones is one of the top human needs and predictors of wellbeing. HCI research has increasingly focused on the ways and implications of mediating relatedness through technology. However, current research is at times removed from established theories in related disciplines and it lacks consistent tools for selecting user groups and appropriate interaction strategies. Our paper identifies the characteristics of potential users of tech-mediated devices in conjunction with related disciplines. It then examines users’ preferences for the six Strategies of Mediating Intimate Relationships though Technology, identified by Hassenzahl et al. in the paper “All you need is Love”, in interaction within different types of relationships (with friends, partners, siblings, etc.). Our paper proposes expanding these strategies to account for varied levels of reciprocity and for essential/unwanted strategies identified by users in different types of relationships. It concludes with implications and suggestions for future research.


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