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Mediating intimacy: Designing technologies to support strong-tie relationships

F Vetere, MR Gibbs, J Kjeldskov, S Howard, F Mueller, S Pedell, K Mecoles, M Bunyan

Cost Engineering (Morgantown) | Published : 2005

Abstract

Intimacy is a crucial element of domestic life, and many interactive technologies designed for other purposes have been appropriated for use within intimate relationships. However, there is a deficit in current understandings of how technologies are used within intimate relationships, and how to design technologies to support intimate acts. In this paper we report on work that has addressed these deficits. We used cultural probes and contextual interviews and other ethnographically informed techniques to investigate how interactive technologies are used within intimate relationships. From this empirical work we generated a thematic understanding of intimacy and the use of interactional techn..

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