One of the many challenges of becoming a parent is the shift in one’s social life. As HCI researchers have begun to investigate the intersection of sociotechnical system design and parenthood, they have also sought to understand how parents’ social lives can be best supported. We build on these strands of research through a qualitative study with new parents regarding the role of digital technologies in their social lives as they transition to parenthood. We demonstrate how sociotechnical systems are entangled in the ways new parents manage their relationships, build (or resist building) new friendships and ad hoc support systems, and navigate the vulnerabilities of parenthood. We discuss how systems designed for new parents can better support the vulnerabilities they internalize, the diverse friendships they desire, and the logistical challenges they experience. We conclude with recommendations for future design and research in this area.
|Title of host publication||CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'18)|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Apr 2018|
|Event||2018 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montréal, Canada|
Duration: 21 Apr 2018 → 26 Apr 2018
|Conference||2018 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems|
|Abbreviated title||CHI 2018|
|Period||21/04/18 → 26/04/18|