Open Conference Systems, Catac 2016

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“WHAT’S NOT SAID…” DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL WELLBEING
Marguerite Barry, Kevin Doherty, Gavin Doherty

Last modified: 2016-06-11

Abstract


Today technologies can be designed with access deep into our personal worlds and the potential to profoundly influence the way we live, which raise ethical questions for design. This paper offers insights into ethical approaches to design from the ground up, through projects that explore the potential for using mobile apps in reporting of psychological wellbeing. Using early work in progress on feedback from focus groups, we report on some valuable insights for app design and their contexts of use that help to inform discourse more generally around designing technologies for wellbeing. We focus on the practical and cultural issues that can arise and discuss how technologies can mediate self-knowledge and information that might otherwise remains unsaid, but is crucial for successful outcomes. We offer this material as a ‘phronetic’ approach to designing technology to support wellbeing.

Keywords


perinatal, psychological wellbeing, interactivity, empowerment, self-knowledge

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