Grandparents and Grandchildren Meeting Online: The Role of Material Things in Remote Settings

Verena Fuchsberger (Vortragende:r), Janne Mascha Beuthel, Philippe Bentegeac, Manfred Tscheligi

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Grandparents and grandchildren, who cannot meet face-to-face (e.g., due to dislocation or physical distancing induced by a pandemic), often use audio-visual communication tools in order to maintain their relationship online. In a qualitative online survey (n = 85), we inquired into the various ways that grandparents and grandchildren came up with when being physically distant; many of them are tangible in nature as they include "things" or incorporate "spaces". In this paper, we illustrate related temporal and spatial trajectories and unpack how online meetings are characterized by constant negotiations of agency. We discuss how online meetings could complement face-to-face meetings, instead of mimicking or replacing them. We finally articulate a collection of design sensitivities with the aim to both inspire and question designing for intergenerational online meetings.
TitelProceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2021
VeranstaltungCHI 2021 - Making Waves, Combining Strengths -
Dauer: 8 Mai 202113 Mai 2021


KonferenzCHI 2021 - Making Waves, Combining Strengths

Research Field

  • Experience Measurement


  • online meetings
  • objects
  • spaces
  • materials
  • intergenerational relationships
  • materiality
  • audio-visual communication


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