Stable Intimacy: Design of online communication as a tool to enhance wellbeing: Intimidad estable: diseño de comunicación en línea como herramienta para potenciar el bienestar

P. Salarić, R. Cain, Emilene Zitkus, V.T. Visch

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Abstract

Humans have the innate need to belong and relate to others. stable relationships are a great influencer of happiness and health and, therefore, should receive stronger attention for their nurture. online environment is steadily becoming the pri-mary source of relationship formation, however, its instability poses threats to build stable relationships. since online com-munication is increasingly used in relationship formation and communication, it holds opportunities for design interventions that support stable relationship creation. this paper introduces a pyramidical laddering approach that guides the building of online communication from the basis of stable creation of intimacy, to satisfying the needs of belonging and relatedness, to ultimately delivering well-being. the approach that was developed through the authors’ prior research aims to deal with the identified main barriers of online communication, distrust and disengagement, and their influence on the formation of sta-ble connections in order to enable healthy intimacy formation in the online environment. this paper brings attention to the importance of romantic relationships on health and highlights opportunities for further research in the thus far under-re-searched area of design for relation making to support well-being and health of society.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBase Diseño e Innovación
Volume7
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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