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Digital Decoupling and Disentangling

Digital Decoupling and Disentangling: Towards Design for Romantic Break Up

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '17
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450349222
StatePublished - 10 Jun 2017
Event12th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2017 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Conference12th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom


Romantic relationships are often facilitated through digital technologies, such as social networking sites and communication services. They are also facilitated through 'digital possessions', such as messages sent to mobile devices and photos shared through social media. When individuals break up, digitally disconnecting can be facilitated by using those digital technologies and managing or curating these digital possessions. This research explores the break up stories of 13 individuals aged between 18 and 52. The aim of this work is to inform the design of systems focused on supporting individuals to decouple and disentangle digitally in the wake of a break up. Four areas of interest emerged from the data: communication, using digital possessions, managing digital possessions, and experiences of technology. Opportunities for design were identified in decoupling and disentangling, and designing around guilt. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

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    © AAM, 2017. This is the author’s version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in DIS '17 Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, 10 June 2017,


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