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"It's More Like a Letter": An Exploration of Mediated Conversational Effort in Message Builder

Ryan Kelly, Daniel Gooch, Leon Watts

Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction | The Association for Computing Machinery | Published : 2018


Communication technologies for maintaining close personal relationships are often designed to be lightweight and easy to use. While these properties allow for relationships to be maintained with speed and efficiency, they may come at the expense of more effortful messages that are constructed with thought, time and care. This raises the question of how communication technologies might be designed to provoke moments of effortful maintenance from their users. To explore this question, we designed and implemented Message Builder, a text-based communication system that encourages relational partners to send increasingly long messages. We report findings from a field trial in which 14 dyads used ..

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