Designing (for) desire: A critical study of technosexuality in HCI

Gopinaath Kannabiran, Shaowen Bardzell, Jeffrey Bardzell

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    Abstract

    This work builds upon recent work investigating erotic life and HCI, taking seriously the influences of interaction de-sign on our sexual wellbeing. In the present work, we critically analyze the ways that system design choices and emergent social behavior constitute an erotic social media platform and its concomitant expressions of desire. The site is called I Just Made Love, and it is used to share people's "love making" experience with others. We draw from continental cultural theory to analyze how the system and its users form arrangements of agency, which in turn lead to particular configurations of performed sexual desire. Based on our analysis, we argue that technosexuality is not just about using technology to fulfill an existing desire, but rather that novel forms of sexual desire come into practice because of particular constellations of design choices and social behaviors.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationNordiCHI 2012
    Subtitle of host publicationMaking Sense Through Design - Proceedings of the 7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
    Pages655-664
    Number of pages10
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2012
    Event7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Making Sense Through Design, NordiCHI 2012 - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: Oct 14 2012Oct 17 2012

    Publication series

    NameNordiCHI 2012: Making Sense Through Design - Proceedings of the 7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

    Conference

    Conference7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Making Sense Through Design, NordiCHI 2012
    CountryDenmark
    CityCopenhagen
    Period10/14/1210/17/12

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Software

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