Let's stay in touch: Sharing photos for restoring social connectedness between rehabilitants, friends and family

Margit Biemans, Betsy van Dijk, Pavan Dadlani, Aart van Halteren

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    Abstract

    A case study on the use of an existing photo sharing application in a spinal cord lesion rehabilitation centre is presented. The study focuses on enhancing social connectedness through sharing photos between rehabilitants and their families and friends. Four rehabilitants participated in this study for 6-7 weeks. Most photos sent related to sharing things in everyday life and keeping the rehabilitant informed about regular events. The combination of interviews and content analysis reveals that only a minority of the photos lead to follow-up communication about the contents of the photos. Rehabilitants were positively surprised how spontaneous photo sharing simplified the way they could reconnect to their friends and family, without the immediate need or obligation to engage in a (phone) conversation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationASSETS '09
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Eleventh International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility : October 25-28, 2009, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Place of PublicationNew York, NY
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Pages179-186
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-60558-558-1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2009
    Event11th international ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2009 - Pittsburgh, United States
    Duration: 25 Oct 200928 Oct 2009
    Conference number: 11

    Conference

    Conference11th international ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2009
    Abbreviated titleASSETS
    CountryUnited States
    CityPittsburgh
    Period25/10/0928/10/09

    Keywords

    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • Photo-sharing
    • Social connectedness
    • Rehabilitation

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    Biemans, M., van Dijk, B., Dadlani, P., & van Halteren, A. (2009). Let's stay in touch: Sharing photos for restoring social connectedness between rehabilitants, friends and family. In ASSETS '09: Proceedings of the Eleventh International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility : October 25-28, 2009, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (pp. 179-186). New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/1639642.1639674