Life Transitions and Social Technologies: Research and Design for Times of Life Change

Oliver L. Haimson, Bryan Semaan, Brianna Dym, Joey Chiao-yin Hsiao, Daniel Herron, Wendy Moncur

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    When people experience major changes in their lives (e.g., relationship changes, transition from high school to college, realizing an LGBTQ identity, etc.), they often turn to social technologies to help navigate shifting identities and networks and find support and resources. People's experiences using social technologies during times of life transition, and how to better design such technologies, has been a major focus of social computing research. This workshop will gather researchers working in this space to discuss eight themes: life events vs. processes; changing identities; multiple overlapping life events; physical and digital transitions; technology non-use during life transitions; liminality framework; theoretical frames; and methodological considerations. Collaboratively, we will 1) synergize insights from workshop organizers' and participants' research to determine how social technologies can be designed to better support people during life transitions and 2) outline an agenda for the future of social computing work on life transitions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCSCW '19 Conference Companion Publication of the 2019 on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
    EditorsEric Gilbert, Karrie Karahalios
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Number of pages6
    VolumeCSCW '19
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450366922
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2019
    EventConference Companion Publication of the 2019 - Austin, TX, USA
    Duration: 9 Nov 201913 Nov 2019

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW


    ConferenceConference Companion Publication of the 2019


    • Life transitions
    • social technologies
    • social media
    • online identity
    • technology design
    • research methods
    • Online identity
    • Social media
    • Technology design
    • Research methods
    • Social technologies

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Networks and Communications


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