"I wouldn't choose that key ring; it's not me": a design study of cherished possessions and the self

Daniel Orth, Elise van den Hoven

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    Abstract

    We each possess certain objects that are dear to us for a variety of reasons. They can be sentimental to us, bring us delight through their use or empower us. Throughout our lives, we use these cherished possessions to reaffirm who we are, who we were and who we wish to become. To explore this, we conducted a design study that asked ten participants to consider their emotional attachment towards and the identity-relevance of cherished and newly introduced possessions. Participants were then asked to elaborate on their responses in interviews. Through a thematic analysis of these responses, we found that the emotional significance of possessions was reportedly influenced by both their relevance to selfhood and position within a life story. We use these findings to discuss how the design of new products and systems can promote emotional attachment by holding a multitude of emotionally significant meanings to their owners.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Pages316-325
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4618-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2016
    EventOzCHI '16 Proceedings of the 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction - Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
    Duration: 29 Nov 20162 Dec 2016
    http://www.ozchi.org/ozchi2016/

    Conference

    ConferenceOzCHI '16 Proceedings of the 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction
    Abbreviated titleOzCHI '16
    CountryAustralia
    CityTasmania
    Period29/11/162/12/16
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    Keywords

    • Cherished possessions
    • design research
    • self-identity
    • emotional attachment

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    Orth, D., & van den Hoven, E. (2016). "I wouldn't choose that key ring; it's not me": a design study of cherished possessions and the self. In Proceedings of the 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (pp. 316-325). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3010915.3010923