What Happens to My Instagram Account After I Die? Re-imagining Social Media as a Commemorative Space for Remembrance and Recovery

Soonho Kwon, Eunsol Choi, Minseok Kim, Sunah Hwang, Dongwoo Kim, Younah Kang

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Abstract

This research explores the relationship between social media and mortality, focusing on social media as a thanatosensitive technology that promotes death preparation and commemoration. Employing concepts from the Value-Sensitive Design approach, our research identifies three main stakeholders surrounding the online commemoration experience. As an exploratory study, we conducted in-depth interviews and observations (n = 9) to better understand key stakeholders’ experiences in online and offline commemorations. After analyzing the qualitative data, we extracted design requirements that were used to create a conceptual commemorative system and a functioning prototype. An informal user testing (n = 6) yielded positive feedbacks on the new system for it offers the unique opportunity to reflect existence, prepare for death, and create a community of commemoration that helps memorialize the deceased and recover from grief. The study suggests that commemoration via social media aids in maintaining user volition, induces active and interactive participation, and allows for a continuation of the digital legacy. Such findings may help deepen the understanding of humans’ perception of death and commemoration within the context of social media.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2021 - 18th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsCarmelo Ardito, Rosa Lanzilotti, Alessio Malizia, Alessio Malizia, Helen Petrie, Antonio Piccinno, Giuseppe Desolda, Kori Inkpen
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages449-467
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9783030856151
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event18th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 2021 Aug 302021 Sep 3

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12933 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference18th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period21/8/3021/9/3

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, IFIP International Federation for Information Processing.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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