Social Technologies – More [Meaningful] Social Interaction
We want to make the world a bit more social place. We want people to grab the social opportunities right around them. We want to create socially aware technology to support this.
Today, people are more connected than ever. We have all the possibilities to remotely contact almost anyone, anywhere. So, how come there is so much loneliness, ignorance and non-interaction in the modern society?
People often feel unconnected to the others around them. We don’t know who they are, what to talk about, or if they could be interrupted in the first place. By ignoring the others nearby, we constantly miss social opportunities. Maybe the person next to you is interested in the same things as you are, needs help in something you could contribute to, or is interested in just a quick collaborative game. This ignorance not only affects strangers; we also ignore our friends and loved ones by focusing on our mobile gadgets - phubbing, as it is often called.
Face-to-face interaction is a fundamental source of happiness and the most natural activity for people. We believe this is an idea worth supporting and doing research for. With all the digital services and technological distractions, we need help to pay attention to what’s around us and to be reminded about the traditional ways of interacting. Funnily, we probably need more technology to do that!
We are a group of researchers in TUT, at the Department of Pervasive Computing, Unit of Human-Centered Technology. We want to make the world a bit more social place. We want to create socially aware technologies to support this.
Isolated by Facebook, by Ilias Sounas: www.sounasdesign.com/