What Is Meaningful Human-Computer Interaction? Understanding Freedom, Responsibility, and Noos in HCI Based on Viktor Frankl´s Existential Philosophy

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Abstract

Meaningfulness is a profound aspect of our lives. So far, a concrete reflection of what meaning means in HCI is still rare. To understand users as humans, and thus, the humanity in being a user, we adopt Viktor Frankl’s understanding of users as meaning-seeking subjects. To make the concept of meaningfulness more graspable, we refer to what Frankl calls the three existentials of life: freedom, responsibility, and noos. We elaborate four dimensions, namely the existentials as an outcome, as their embeddedness in technology, their role in interaction, and their (non-)usage. This is followed by a discussion on the interwovenness of the three existentials as well as their potential impact on HCI research. By that, we aim to contribute to a profound understanding of meaning for HCI, from the epistemological to the methodological perspective, to enable meaning-centered design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '22: Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Pages654-665
Number of pages12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventDIS2022 - Designing Interactive Systems -
Duration: 13 Jun 202217 Jun 2022

Conference

ConferenceDIS2022 - Designing Interactive Systems
Period13/06/2217/06/22

Research Field

  • Experience Business Transformation

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