Shaping Romance: Mediating Intimacy for Co-located Couples

Anne Ellegaard Christensen, Malene H. Magnussen, Tobias S. Seindal, Dimitrios Raptis

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During recent years multiple studies focused on how to mediate the intimacy of couples over distance by researching various intimacy aspects, such as physical contact and disclosure. At the same time, mediating intimacy for co-located couples remains relatively unexplored. Our paper focuses on this and presents an empirical field study involving 13 co-located couples that interacted with a technology probe titled ‘Shaping Romance’. In short, our qualitative findings show that technology can mediate intimacy by allowing partners to look inwards and reflect on their own desires, look outwards and reflect on the desires of their partner, and look at the whole by remembering, acting and validating. Our contributions to HCI are the technological intervention itself, our findings which highlight limitations and opportunities technology has for mediating the intimacy of co-located couples, and a design space full of dilemmas that we present for future researchers and designers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOzCHI '21: 33rd Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 Nov 2021
EventOzCHI 2021 -
Duration: 30 Nov 20213 Dec 2021


ConferenceOzCHI 2021


  • co-located couples
  • intimacy
  • togetherness
  • physicality
  • disclosure
  • field study
  • Technology probes
  • design space
  • Dilemmas


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