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      Infusing Meaning into Social Wearables: Lessons from Sentimental Jewelry

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      Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction Conference

      4 - 6 July 2018

      Wearables, gadgets, wellbeing, digital jewellery, computational jewelry, computer mediated communication

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          Wearable devices play an increasingly important role in maintaining and improving the sense of connectedness between loved-ones. However, despite affording numerous novel interactions and possibilities, wearables are easily discarded. And their aesthetic and functional designs are often gadget-like, or rely on cultural clichés, underutilizing the rich history of their “ analogue” counterpart of sentimental jewelry. In this paper, we conduct a content analysis study to understand practices associated with the use of sentimental jewelry. We uncover that in contrast to social wearables, analogue artefacts are rarely paired and are intended to be worn by female partners, friends and family members. They are seldom personalized, and either explicitly convey affection, good luck or motivation or allow users to infuse their own meaning into them, or. These findings give us insights that could increase relevance of social wearables for their users, and as a result, enhance user’s wellbeing and connectedness to their loved-ones.

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                July 2018
                July 2018
                : 1-5
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                Queen Mary University of London

                Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, UK
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/HCI2018.72
                © Silina et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of British HCI 2018. Belfast, UK.

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
                HCI
                32
                Belfast, UK
                4 - 6 July 2018
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Human Computer Interaction Conference
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                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
                Categories
                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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