Touching Your Loved Ones Over Distance

Video chat doesn’t allow us to touch our loved ones over distance.

When family and friends connect over distance, they commonly use technologies like text messaging, phone calls, or video chat (e.g., Skype, FaceTime, Zoom). This allows family members and friends to talk to one another. They might even try to mimic more intimate acts like blowing a kiss over FaceTime or making a hug gesture in front of their iPad or phone. But this is obviously quite different than actually touching…

Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology at Simon Fraser University. Professor in HCI and connecting over distance; http://carmann.ca

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Dr. Carman Neustaedter

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Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology at Simon Fraser University. Professor in HCI and connecting over distance; http://carmann.ca

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