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Title:Love in the modern world (Designing the social presence for long-distance couples)
Author(s):Zhou, Hailun
Department / Program:Art & Design
Discipline:Art and Design
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Long-distance relationship
Design for couples
User Interface
User Experience
Human Computer Interaction
Relationship study
Qualitative research
Intimacy communication
Couples communication
Communication design
Interaction Design
Abstract:One of the hallmarks of modern society is that there are increasing number of people who are geographically separated from their significant others. I was interested initially in how technology can help maintain long-distance relationships. This interest led me to conduct this project focusing on couples that are involved in long-distance relationships (LDRs). Long-distance couples have to experience more restricted communication than geographically close couples, which works to potentially hinder the couple’s ability to maintain intimacy in relationships. Due to emerging technologies, many individuals are able to stay in touch through the use of modern communication tools. But this communication between couples can be more complicated and deeper than everyday interpersonal communication. To understand these unique needs more deeply, interviews and observations were conducted to find novel design opportunities. Through a human-centered design approach, I designed a mobile application to enhance social presence over long distances. It helps LDR couples connect seamlessly on a daily basis, and to easily discover mutual topics, activities, and interests.
Issue Date:2015-04-29
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Hailun Zhou
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-07-22
Date Deposited:May 2015

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