Sway Together, Stay Together: Visualizing Spiritual Support Networks Through the SoulGarden Prototype [poster]
The 24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) - October 23-27, 2021
Avleen Kaur (B.S. 2020), C. Estelle Smith (Ph.D. 2020), Loren Terveen (professor)
Spiritual support is a fundamental yet understudied dimension of support exchange in Online Health Communities. Recent work suggested that visualization of spiritual support networks offers a promising design mechanism for helping patients and caregivers navigate life-threatening physical or mental illnesses. Therefore, through user-centered and community-situated inquiry, we designed and developed SoulGarden--an interface that helps users visualize their spiritual support network in order to reduce loneliness and increase a sense of community and belonging. Initial feedback from user tests suggests that our nature-based theme provides users with feelings of calm and comfort, and that seeing the faces and prayers of supporters adds a meaningful sensory component to online support exchange. Our evaluation also suggests three valuable design considerations for future support network visualizations.
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human computer interaction, social computing