Adorned in Memes: Exploring the Adoption of Social Wearables in Nordic Student Culture

Felix Anand Epp*, Anna Kantosalo, Nehal Jain, Andres Lucero, Elisa Mekler

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Abstract

Social wearables promise to augment and enhance social interactions. However, despite two decades of HCI research on wearables, we are yet to see widespread adoption of social wearables into everyday life. More in-situ investigations into the social dynamics and cultural practices afforded by wearing interactive technology are needed to understand the drivers and barriers to adoption. To this end, we study social wearables in the context of Nordic student culture and the students’ practice of adorning boiler suits. Through a co-creation process, we designed Digi Merkki, a personalised interactive clothing patch. In a two-week elicitation diary study, we captured how 16 students adopted Digi Merkki into their social practices. We found that Digi Merkki afforded a variety of social interaction strategies, including sharing, spamming, and stealing pictures, which supported meaning-making and community-building. Based on our findings, we articulate “Memetic Expression” as a strong concept for designing social wearables.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '22: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM
Pages1-18
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9157-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventACM SIGCHI Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - New Orleans, United States
Duration: 30 Apr 20226 May 2022

Conference

ConferenceACM SIGCHI Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleACM CHI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period30/04/202206/05/2022

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