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Designing social networks to combat fear of missing out.

Alutaybi, A., McAlaney, J., Stefanidis, A., Phalp, K. T. and Ali, R., 2018. Designing social networks to combat fear of missing out. In: The 32nd Human Computer Interaction Conference (British HCI’18), Position Papers Track, 2-6 May 2018, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Fear of missing out, (hereafter referred to as FoMO), is increasingly becoming an issue of concern in relation to the use of Social Network Sites (SNSs). Despite its importance, the effects of FoMO continue to receive limited attention, while guidance on how SNSs design is responsible for developing should and, also, combatting it, remains inadequate. In this position paper, we argue that dual responsibility of SNSs design. We report on initial results of a multiphase empirical study which was undertaken to examine the features of social networks that may contribute to triggering FoMO, and to explore how future SNSs can be designed to aid people manage their FoMO. The study involved three focus group sessions and a diary study. We argue that future SNSs shall support interaction styles and protocols and their agreement and adherence processes to enable people prevent and combat FoMO and present styles for doing that.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:fear of missing out; social networks design; FoMO countermeasures; social interaction protocols
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:30773
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:30 May 2018 13:26
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:11


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