Learning to drag: the effects of social interactions in touch gestures learnability for older adults

Mihajlov, Martin, Springett, Mark ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3609-8241 and Lai-Chong Law, Effie (2019) Learning to drag: the effects of social interactions in touch gestures learnability for older adults. Lee, Bongshin and Lee, Geehyuk, eds. ISS '19 Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces. In: 2019 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces, 10-13 Nov 2019, KAIST, Daejeon, South Korea. e-ISBN 9781450368919. (doi:10.1145/3343055.3359716)

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Abstract

Considering the potential physical limitations of older adults, the naturalness of touch-based gestures as an interaction method is questionable. Assuming touch-based gestures are natural, they should be highly learnable and amenable to enhancement through social interactions. To investigate whether social interactions can enhance the learnability of touch gestures for older adults with low digital literacy, we conducted a study with 42 technology- naïve participants aged 64 to 82. They were paired and encouraged to play two games on an interactive tabletop with the expectation to use the drag gesture to complete the games socially. We then compared these results with a previous study of technology–naïve older adults playing the same games individually. The results of the comparisons show that dyadic interactions had some benefits for the participants in helping them to become comfortable with the drag gesture by negotiation and imitation. Further qualitative analysis suggested that playing pairs generally helped learners to comfortably explore the digital environment using the newly acquired skill.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 28618
Notes on copyright: © Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM. 2019. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in ISS '19 Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/10.1145/3343055.3359716
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Depositing User: Mark Springett
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2019 14:28
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2019 07:05
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28618

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