Connecting Families: An Introduction

  • Carman NeustaedterEmail author
  • Steve Harrison
  • Abigail Sellen


Family life is complex and dynamic. It forms a core part of our existence. Underpinning family life, is family connection: how families not just communicate with each other, but how they share their lives and routines, how they engage in social touch, and how they negotiate being together, or being apart. This book explores the various ways in which family members “connect” within the same household, across distance, or across time. It investigates the impact of new communication technologies on domestic life and the changing nature of connection across a variety of family relationships, including couples, parents and children, adult siblings, and grandparents and grandchildren.


Adult Child Time Zone Domestic Life Family Connection Helicopter Parent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carman Neustaedter
    • 1
    Email author
  • Steve Harrison
    • 2
  • Abigail Sellen
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Interactive Arts and TechnologySimon Fraser UniversityV3T 0A3 SurreyBC, Canada
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and School of Visual Arts, Center for Human-Computer InteractionVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgVA, USA
  3. 3.Socio-Digital SystemsMicrosoft Research CambridgeCambridgeUK

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