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Negotiating stereotypes of older adults through avatars

R Carrasco, S Baker, J Waycott, F Vetere

Proceedings of the 29th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction | Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) | Published : 2017

Abstract

Virtual Avatars can bring opportunities for enjoyment, social participation and exploration of identities. However, the configuration of avatar creation software may marginalise some groups of users due to them reinforcing social stereotypes that privilege youth and beauty, rather than representing the broader variety of human identities. Older adults are one group who may be disadvantaged with respect to avatars as avatar studies have typically focused on younger users. Considering that older populations are growing and that their participation in virtual environments is increasing, it is timely to investigate older adults' preferences in relation to avatars. We conducted a study with 23 pa..

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