Loneliness in the Digital Age: Building Strategies for Empathy and Trust

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Authors

External departments

  • Loughborough University
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Bath

Details

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the CHI2014 workshop on Enabling Empathy in Health and Care
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2014
Event32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2014 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: 26 Apr 20141 May 2014

Conference

Conference32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2014
CountryCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period26/04/141/05/14
Publication type

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

Loneliness is a complex emotion that impacts upon an individual’s sense of social-relatedness, health and wellbeing. While a large amount of scholarship has tackled the issue of chronic loneliness, the issue of transient loneliness has thus far not received significant attention in academic research. In this position paper, we discuss the role that technology may play in ameliorating experiences of transient loneliness for individuals most at risk of it, and reflect on how technology can promote empathy for, and between, people who are temporarily separated from their loved ones and home communities. We outline a large-scale research project that involves collaboration across health and social psychology, the creative arts, design and HCI exploring these issues, and speculate upon new applications of social technologies that may enhance empathic relations between disparate groups and individuals.

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