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Publication Detail
Joke box: Coordinating shared encounters in public spaces
  • Publication Type:
    Conference
  • Authors:
    Balestrini M, Marshall P, Cornejo R, Tentori M, Bird J, Rogers Y
  • Publication date:
    27/02/2016
  • Pagination:
    38, 49
  • Published proceedings:
    Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW
  • Volume:
    27
  • ISBN-13:
    9781450335928
  • Status:
    Published
Abstract
© 2016 ACM.Eye contact is crucial to shared encounters in public spaces. However, most urban technologies that aim to foster social interaction tend to rely on screens, directing a significant proportion of the users' attention towards the device rather than to those with whom the encounter is shared. We present the design and evaluation of the Jokebox, a lightweight technology that requires two passers-by to coordinate actions to hear a joke. In three in the wild studies at different locations we found that our design supported micro-level coordination in a consistent manner: by encouraging people to make eye contact and by using audible jokes, users engaged in interactions that often led to further conversation and laughter. We describe how opportunities for macrolevel coordination were key to the success of the installation, but varied by context. Finally, we present design implications for considering both the micro and macro levels of social coordination.
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