Opportunities and Challenges for Reflective Data-Objects in Long-Distance Relationships

Maria Karyda*, Andrés Lucero

*Corresponding author for this work

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Personal data representations have been used to support acts of self-reflection, a topic that has received little attention in the context of long-distance relationships (LDRs). To explore a design space for reflective data representations in the LDR context, first-person methods have been employed together with nine generative sessions with people who had been or were in LDRs. Unlike previous work, the generative sessions were part of an autoethnographic exploration. The participants interpreted the first author’s visualizations, sketched their own visualizations, and imagined their data as data objects. The insights from those sense-making sessions were then analyzed in a card sorting activity between the first author and their partner where seven themes around communication of long-distance couples emerged. Furthermore, based on the data-object ideas and the various sense making sessions, design opportunities and challenges are drawn related to the transformative nature of relationships, negative reflection and aspects of privacy. In conclusion, personal data are seen as co-evolving with humans constantly transforming people’s impression of their romantic relationships in mundane environments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2021 - 18th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsCarmelo Ardito, Rosa Lanzilotti, Alessio Malizia, Helen Petrie, Antonio Piccinno, Giuseppe Desolda, Kori Inkpen
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783030856076
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Virtual, Online
Duration: 30 Aug 20213 Sep 2021
Conference number: 18

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12936 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceIFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleINTERACT
CityVirtual, Online


  • Data-objects
  • Long-distance relationships
  • Reflection


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