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Online Communities and Social Computing

Volume 6778 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 277-286

An Investigation into the Social Network between Three Generations in a Household: Bridging the Interrogational Gaps between the Senior and the Youth

  • Tsai-Hsuan TsaiAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Design, Chang Gung University
  • , Yi-Lun HoAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Design, Chang Gung University
  • , Kevin C. TsengAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Design, Chang Gung University

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Abstract

The traditional pattern of living arrangements makes the family a strong source of financial and emotional support for its members, and it connects grandparents and grandchildren in a unique bond. Unfortunately, it is reported that the number of older people living alone is rising in most countries. Although a lot of effort has been put into slowing down the social and emotional isolation experienced by the elderly, little has been done to investigate the social interaction between generations. In order to bridge intergenerational gaps between three generations of a family, this research work begins with an interview-based study to give insight into individual perspectives among those aged parents living alone and to identify their specific needs in generational connections and interactions.