Investing Care and Appreciating Effort in PERSONAL Communication Technologies


Investing Care and Appreciating Effort in the use of Personal Communication Technologies is a £135,401 research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

This project seeks to challenge the assumption that ‘quick and easy‘ is a suitable underpinning for communication technologies used in the context of close personal relationships. In particular, we aim to investigate the social perceptions and practices associated with the investment of effort during the composition and reading of messages.  We shall discover how the investment of positive and negative effort can be interpreted as a sign of caring, in turn providing long-term benefits for the health and stability of personal relationships. We will use these investigations to design and deploy communication technologies that allow for the investment of meaningful effort into acts of communication.

The project is being undertaken in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath, United Kingdom. The project is led by Dr Leon Watts (principal investigator) and Dr Ryan Kelly (postdoctoral research associate) with advisory input from Dr Daniel Gooch (grant co-author). The project commenced on 1st May 2014 and will run until 30th April 2017.


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