Life Changes, Connection Stays: Photo Sharing and Social Connectedness for People with Special Needs

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

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    Abstract

    We study the effects of digital photo sharing on social connectedness of people with special needs. We target people dealing with a transition in life that forced them to live away from their family and friends. Our study included four people with spinal-cord injury staying in a rehabilitation centre and eight elderly people staying in a nursing home. Each participant was provided with a web-enabled digital photo frame and their family members were provided with a camera phone. The results of our study show positive effects. For rehabilitants photo sharing simplified the way they could reconnect to their family. For the elderly people, photo sharing served as ‘food for talk’.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationECCE 2010
    Subtitle of host publication28th European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2010 : 25-27 August 2010, Delft, the Netherlands
    EditorsWillem-Paul Brinkman, Mark Neerincx
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    Pages135-142
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-60558-946-6
    ISBN (Print)978-94-90818-04-3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010
    Event28th Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, ECCE 2010 - Delft, Netherlands
    Duration: 25 Aug 201027 Aug 2010
    Conference number: 28

    Conference

    Conference28th Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, ECCE 2010
    Abbreviated titleECCE
    CountryNetherlands
    CityDelft
    Period25/08/1027/08/10

    Keywords

    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • Social connectedness
    • Photo-sharing
    • Elderly
    • Rehabilitation
    • Photo frames
    • Special needs
    • ICT support

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