"It's About Missing Much More Than the People": How Students use Digital Technologies to Alleviate Homesickness


Homesickness, which refers to feelings of distress caused by separation from home, is prevalent among university-aged students. Chronic homesickness can exacerbate mood problems, erode academic performance and lead to dropout from school. The present research examines how students use digital technologies to resolve the experience of missing home. Qualitative interviews and diaries with 50 students at major Australian universities revealed that technologies play a significant role in alleviating homesickness. Specifically, students use technologies to acquire social contact, find help and support, build co-presence to recreate their home, connect with culture, experience distant places, and regulate emotions. However, the use of technology sometimes led to increased emotional labour, frequent exposure to homesickness triggers, and heightened perceptions of distance. We conclude by discussing possible design implications for new technologies that allow students to alleviate homesickness by experiencing their home from afar.

Honorable Mention
Ryan M.. Kelly
The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Yueyang Cheng
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Dana McKay
University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Australia
Greg Wadley
The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
George Buchanan
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia





会議: CHI 2021

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (https://chi2021.acm.org/)

セッション: Health & Behavior Change

[A] Paper Room 12, 2021-05-10 17:00:00~2021-05-10 19:00:00 / [B] Paper Room 12, 2021-05-11 01:00:00~2021-05-11 03:00:00 / [C] Paper Room 12, 2021-05-11 09:00:00~2021-05-11 11:00:00
Paper Room 12
12 件の発表
2021-05-10 17:00:00
2021-05-10 19:00:00