Respectful disconnection: understanding long distance family relationships in a South Korean context

Euijin Hwang, Reuben Kirkham, Andrew Monk, Patrick Olivier

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Abstract

We report upon the conduct and findings of an investigation into technology design for long-distance relationships (LDRs), where South Korean culture raises specific challenges. Through two qualitative studies we explore inter-generational LDRs from the perspective of South Korean students based in the United Kingdom. We identify and document the particular nuances within, and challenges that arise from, these relationships, before turning to the pragmatics of technology design for LDRs. Through both an extended diary study and interviews with students, we illustrate the impact of Korean familial obligations on intergenerational LDRs, and the mistrust and anxiety on both sides (parents and students) arising from limitations in communication channels. From our findings, we develop the notion of 'respectful disconnection' which we propose as a framework for designing interactions that appropriately support LDRs within this specific South Korean context.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference
EditorsTeresa Cerratto-Pargman, Kenny Chow, William Odom
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages733-745
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450351980
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Connection
  • Intergenerational
  • Long-distance relationships
  • South Korean context

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Hwang, E., Kirkham, R., Monk, A., & Olivier, P. (2018). Respectful disconnection: understanding long distance family relationships in a South Korean context. In T. Cerratto-Pargman, K. Chow, & W. Odom (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference (pp. 733-745). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3196709.3196751