Call for Participation: “Designing for Digital Wellbeing: A Research and Practice Agenda”
Workshop at CHI'19, Glasgow, UK, 4th May 2019
Submission deadline: 4th February 2019
Notification decisions sent to authors: 22nd February 2019
Workshop: 4th May 2019
**Call for papers**
Traditionally, many consumer-focused technologies have been designed to maximize user engagement with their products and services. More recently, many technology companies have begun to introduce digital wellbeing features, such as for managing time spent and for encouraging breaks in use. These are in the context of, and likely in response to, renewed concerns in the media about technology dependency and even addiction. The promotion of technology abstinence is also increasingly widespread, e.g., via digital detoxes. Given that digital technologies are an important and valuable feature of many people’s lives, digital wellbeing features are arguably preferable to abstinence. However, how these are defined and designed is something that needs to be explored further.
The aim of this one-day workshop is to investigate how we should be rethinking of digital interactions to support users in making meaningful and considered decisions. We do so by bringing together both industry and academic participants to discuss what digital wellbeing means, who is responsible for it, and whether and how we should design for it going forward.
Example questions we will address during the workshop:
- How exactly should digital wellbeing features be designed?
- What do we consider digital wellbeing to be and is there a shared understanding of it?
- How do we evidence the effectiveness of digital wellbeing features?
- Where do responsibilities lie when it comes to potentially problematic patterns of use?
We invite interested attendees to submit a 2-4 page position paper (including references) using the CHI Extended Abstracts format<http://chi2019.acm.org/authors/chi-proceedings-format/>. Submissions should engage with the workshop topic, by:
- either presenting findings from one’s own research or a think-piece to aid discussion of the broader implications during the workshop
- include the authors’ definition of digital wellbeing
- include at least one speculative paragraph on how digital wellbeing will evolve in the next 10-15 years.
For more information, please visit the workshop website at https://digitalwellbeingworkshop.wordpress.com/
For any queries and for submissions, please email Marta Cecchinato [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Marta E. Cecchinato, Northumbria University
John Rooksby, Northumbria University
Alexis Hiniker, University of Washington
Sean Munson, University of Washington
Kai Lukoff, University of Washington
Luigina Ciolfi, Sheffield Hallam University
Anja Thieme, Microsoft Research
Daniel Harrison, University College London
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