Entire history of you: Research and design to manage digital hoarding

Başkan, Çağın
Digital hoarding is very common, considering the quantity of devices (phones, cameras, laptops, watches) that can create an entire 'history of ourselves.' A digital history is directly connected to our memories, having varied emotional importance, making it hard to archive and prioritize. In turn, this causes the data to grow and become harder to navigate or reduce. The research examines how digital hoarding in terms of visual data (photographs and videos) exists and is managed by users. Interviews are made to understand motives and experiences related to digital hoarding along with the current digital tools used to manage personal visual archives. The findings are used to establish to which degree the user experience of existing digital tools is sufficient for managing hoarded visuals. For the second phase of the work, a 'research through design' approach is taken to offer design features that can help manage and provide access to digital memories in a way that is satisfying and engaging for users. Outcomes of the thesis are presented as insights for future researchers and designers.


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Citation Formats
Ç. Başkan, “Entire history of you: Research and design to manage digital hoarding,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.