Don’t Get Emotional

  • Leysia Palen
  • Susanne Bødker
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4868)

Abstract

The topic of emotion in computing is enjoying recent and growing attention. Such attention is problematic because, we argue, foregrounding emotion marks it as a subcomponent of interaction, which has the surprising consequence of reducing the importance of emotion’s function. Emotion has come into vogue in reaction to the emphasis put on work, on efficiency and productivity in human computer interaction for so long. We discuss how this dichotomy is not in itself very fruitful in changing human-computer interaction. We offer this article as a voice in an ongoing discussion about where we are heading, and which directions this discussion could take.

Keywords

Human-computer interaction efficiency emotion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leysia Palen
    • 1
  • Susanne Bødker
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.University of AarhusÅrhusDenmark

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