Investigating slowness as a frame to design longer-term experiences with personal data: a field study of olly

William Odom, Ron Wakkary, Jeroen Hol, Bram Naus, Pepijn Verburg, Tal Amram, Amy Yo Sue Chen

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Abstract

We describe the design and deployment of Olly, a domestic music player that enables people to re-experience digital music they listened to in the past. Olly uses its owner’s Last.FM listening history metadata archive to occasionally select a song from their past, but offers no user control over what is selected or when. We deployed Olly in 3 homes for 15 months to explore how its slow pace might support experiences of reflection and reminiscence. Findings revealed that Olly became highly integrated in participants lives with sustained engagement over time. They drew on Olly to reflect on past life experiences and reactions indicated an increase in perceived value of their Last.FM archive. Olly also provoked reflections on the temporalities of personal data and technology. Findings are interpreted to present opportunities for future HCI research and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-5970-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019
Event2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2019: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019
https://chi2019.acm.org/

Conference

Conference2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2019
Abbreviated titleCHI EA 19
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period4/05/199/05/19
Internet address

Keywords

  • Digital music
  • Home
  • Personal data
  • Research through design
  • Slow technology
  • Temporality

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