Thesis / Dissertation

Older Adults Designing Avatars for Self-expression

Romina Carrasco, Frank Vetere (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

Representations of older age are frequently associated with bodies in decline. Looking old can trigger discriminatory social behaviours and conceal the richness of the lived experience. Avatars, full-body digital self-representations of the user, influence the way users think and behave in virtual environments (VE). As older adults increasingly participate in online spaces, which use avatars for self-representation, it is essential to understand how to best support their online self-representations. This thesis addresses this gap by engaging older adults in designing their full-body avatars. Across four studies using research through design, this thesis provides older adults’ views about h..

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