Loneliness in the Digital Age: Building Strategies for Empathy and Trust

Lawson, Shaun, Vines, John, Wilson, Michael, Barnett, Julie and Barreto, Manuela (2014) Loneliness in the Digital Age: Building Strategies for Empathy and Trust. In: CHI 2014, 26 April-1 May 2014, Toronto, Canada.

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Abstract

Loneliness is a complex emotion that impacts upon an individual’s sense of social-relatedness, health and wellbeing. While a large amount of scholarship has tackled the issue of chronic loneliness, the issue of transient loneliness has thus far not received significant attention in academic research. In this position paper, we discuss the role that technology may play in ameliorating experiences of transient loneliness for individuals most at risk of it, and reflect on how technology can promote empathy for, and between, people who are temporarily separated from their loved ones and home communities. We outline a large-scale research project that involves collaboration across health and social psychology, the creative arts, design and HCI exploring these issues, and speculate upon new applications of social technologies that may enhance empathic relations between disparate groups and individuals.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2019 11:08
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 11:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/38967

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