Ticket-to-talk-television: designing for the circumstantial nature of everyday social interaction

Marcus Sanchez Svensson, Tomas Sokoler

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In this paper we discuss a particular perspective on interactivity and sociability in the design of new TV technologies for social interaction. We will argue that current research on Social TV builds on a too narrow conception of interaction in everyday social life. In consequence, rather than turning the TV media itself into an arena for peer-to-peer synchronous interaction amongst TV viewers we will discuss the idea of Social TV as a resource that when part of a larger socio-material fabric can help accommodate the circumstantial nature of social interactions as they emerge and play out on a moment-to-moment basis throughout everyday life beyond the TV screens. We take the phenomenon of ticket-to-talk as our point of departure when analyzing observations made during a study of the ways senior citizens go about socializing in everyday face-to-face situations. We then discuss how this analysis in combination with a series of design-oriented workshops with a group of senior citizens, have guided the design of our Ticket-to-Talk-Television example concept. We will reflect upon the overall approach as well as the design activities that were undertaken in relation to the concept developed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACM International Conference Proceeding Series; Vol. 358 : Proceedings of the 5th Nordic conference on Human-computer interaction: building bridges
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2008
ISBN (Print)978-1-59593-704-9
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventNordiCHI 2008: Using Bridges - Lund, Sweden
Duration: 18 Oct 200822 Oct 2008


ConferenceNordiCHI 2008: Using Bridges

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