Opportunities and Challenges for Reflective Data-Objects in Long-Distance Relationships

Maria Karyda*, Andrés Lucero

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    Personal data representations have been used to support acts of self-reflection, a topic that has received little attention in the context of long-distance relationships (LDRs). To explore a design space for reflective data representations in the LDR context, first-person methods have been employed together with nine generative sessions with people who had been or were in LDRs. Unlike previous work, the generative sessions were part of an autoethnographic exploration. The participants interpreted the first author’s visualizations, sketched their own visualizations, and imagined their data as data objects. The insights from those sense-making sessions were then analyzed in a card sorting activity between the first author and their partner where seven themes around communication of long-distance couples emerged. Furthermore, based on the data-object ideas and the various sense making sessions, design opportunities and challenges are drawn related to the transformative nature of relationships, negative reflection and aspects of privacy. In conclusion, personal data are seen as co-evolving with humans constantly transforming people’s impression of their romantic relationships in mundane environments.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2021 - 18th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings
    EditorsCarmelo Ardito, Rosa Lanzilotti, Alessio Malizia, Alessio Malizia, Helen Petrie, Antonio Piccinno, Giuseppe Desolda, Kori Inkpen
    PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
    Publication date27. Aug 2021
    ISBN (Print)9783030856069
    Publication statusPublished - 27. Aug 2021
    Event18th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2021 - Virtual, Online
    Duration: 30. Aug 20213. Sept 2021


    Conference18th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2021
    CityVirtual, Online
    SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science

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    • Data-objects
    • Long-distance relationships
    • Reflection


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