Note: This article was co-authored by Aswati Panicker, Kavya Basu, and Christina Chung and is a summary of our research paper “Changing Roles and Contexts: Symbolic Interactionism in the Sharing of Food and Eating Practices between Remote, Intergenerational Family Members”. This work will be presented at the upcoming CSCW 2020 conference.

Many adults live alone or apart from their families and talk about their eating experiences with each other to stay in touch. How can we leverage conversations about food to keep long-distance family members connected?

Image depicts remote, family members connecting through food related conversations
Image depicts remote, family members connecting through food related conversations

As family members increasingly live apart from each other — with 60% of adults living away from their parents — there is a growing interest in designing technologies to support long-distance communication. Additionally, food and eating habits are a frequent topic of communication amongst family members. We wanted to…

Aswati Panicker

PhD student at Indiana University Bloomington. Interested in designing for health & wellness using human centered methods.

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