Gender and role differences in family-based healthy living networks

Stephen Kimani, Nilufar Baghaei, Jill Freyne, Shlomo Berkovsky, Dipak Bhandari, Greg Smith

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We have recently witnessed a tremendous increase in popularity and growth of online social networks. Social support and family involvement can play an important supportive role in health management. An increasing number of family members are establishing online social networking relationships with their families. This trend poses new research questions on effectively accommodating family members in online social networks. Family members themselves often have very different requirements based on their gender and family role. There is little research on the design of family-oriented social networking applications. In order to fill this research gap and investigate the impact of social and family relationships in online social networks, we are developing a healthy living online social application to support families in adopting healthy lifestyles. This paper reports the findings of a user study aimed at understanding gender- and role-based characteristics and differences in family-based healthy living social networks. The study shows that female users play a major role in leading the usage of the social technology; parents remain conscious of and concerned about their family's health as they interact with the social technology; and the social technology should support fun, especially for children.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA '10, CHI'10 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781605589305
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event28th Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2010 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 10 Apr 201015 Apr 2010


Conference28th Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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