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The Absent Peer – Non-users in Social Interaction Design

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.advisor Salasuo, Mikko
dc.contributor.author Greger, Sebastian
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-12T12:27:35Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-12T12:27:35Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/12483
dc.description.abstract This thesis aims to provide a framework for the consideration of non-users in the context of social interaction design (SxD), in particular for the design of social network sites (SNSs). It is based on the sociological perspective of symbolic interactionism. Positioning social interaction design as a practice within the discipline of interaction design, its goals are defined through a discussion on user value and worth-centred design. Existing research on the non-use of technologies is being reviewed and contextualised with SxD, coming to the conclusion that non-use is not a pathological state that needs to be corrected but a form of use that has to be accommodated by an SNS. The empirical research, presented as a diagnosis of the times, employs auto-ethnographic observations that are analysed applying an inductive Grounded Theory process. The emergent theory of “The Absent Peer” consists of two core concepts, presenting the network aspect and the sociality aspect that influence SNS concepts. Herein, the focus of the work is on the discovery of the impact of non-use rather than on its reasons. The theory is then set into relation with the practice of interaction design and a worth-centred model of value in HCI. Building on the insights from the study, this discussion presents the conceptual considerations required in order to create valuable SNS concepts that acknowledge non-use as a permanent and complex phenomenon of social reality. en
dc.format.extent 131
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject.other New media en
dc.title The Absent Peer – Non-users in Social Interaction Design en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Department of Media en
dc.contributor.department Median laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword non-use en
dc.subject.keyword interaction design en
dc.subject.keyword social interaction design en
dc.subject.keyword worth en
dc.subject.keyword user value en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201312108084
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Leinonen, Teemu
dc.programme Master's Degree Programme in New Media en
dc.programme Uuden median maisteriohjelma fi


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