Siblings play a crucial and long-lasting role in family connections and relationships. However, with the older sibling transitioning out of their parental home, maintaining a close sibling relationship can be challenging, especially if siblings have a large age difference. We conducted a diary and interview study with nine families in China which have spaced siblings, to identify design opportunities for technology to better support their communication and connection needs. We contribute to the HCI community in three aspects. First, we contribute an empirical understanding of current communication patterns from distributed families with large age gap siblings in China. Second, we identify current facilitation roles, practices, and challenges regarding sibling relationships from different stakeholders' perspectives. Last but not least, we present technological opportunities for supporting the large-gap sibling relationship, informing directions for future research and design for distributed families.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||CHI 2023 - Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery|
|State||Published - Apr 19 2023|
|Event||2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2023 - Hamburg, Germany|
Duration: Apr 23 2023 → Apr 28 2023
|Name||Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings|
|Conference||2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2023|
|Period||4/23/23 → 4/28/23|
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We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the participants who took part in this study. Your contributions have been invaluable in providing meaningful insights and data. We would also like to extend our thanks to the reviewers for their constructive comments and feedback, which greatly enhanced the quality of this study. This research was supported by NSF grant No. 1651575. Finally, special thanks to Tian Jin (the first author’s younger brother), who helped with the pilot study and provided the inspiration for this research.
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- computer-mediated communication
- distributed families