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posted on 21.06.2022, 14:01 authored by Petra Salaric, Rebecca CainRebecca Cain, Emilene Zitkus-De-AndradeEmilene Zitkus-De-Andrade, Valentijn Visch

Currently, there are more than 1500 dating applications, allowing people to connect with a single swipe. However, there is a rising concern about the behaviour encouraged by these digital forms of interactions in relation to negative effects on user wellbeing. Using an evocative autoethnographic approach combined with literature review, this study aimed to explore potential connections between the interaction design, user interactions, and user experiences within dating applications by following weekly experiences over four dating applications. The experiences were recorded with a journal, then explored using emotion capture cards, and visualised in emotionally mapped timelines. It was found that even within the first forty-five minutes of using the dating applications, significant negative emotions were experienced by the researcher. This study calls for more efforts and research from the design perspective to create interactions that are mindful and that nourish the wellbeing of users and support healthy and steady relationship developments.

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Loughborough University

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School

  • Design and Creative Arts

Department

  • Design

Published in

Proceedings of DRS

Source

DRS2022: Bilbao

Publisher

Design Research Society

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by the Design Research Society under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

Publication date

2022-06-15

ISSN

2398-3132

Language

en

Editor(s)

D. Lockton, S. Lenzi, P. Hekkert, A. Oak, J. Sádaba, P. Lloyd

Location

Bilbao, Spain

Event dates

25th June 2022 - 3rd July 2022

Depositor

Miss Petra Salaric. Deposit date: 18 June 2022

Article number

176

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