Towards a More Cherishable Digital Object

Connie Golsteijn, Elise van den Hoven, David Frohlich, and Abigail Sellen


As we go about our everyday routines we encounter and

interact with numerous physical (e.g. furniture or clothes)

and digital objects (e.g. photos or e-mails). Some of these

objects may be particular cherished, for example because of

memories attached to them. As several studies into

cherished objects have shown, we have more difficulties

identifying cherished digital objects than physical ones.

However, cherishing a small collection of digital objects

can be beneficial; e.g. it can encourage active selection of

digital objects to keep and discard. This paper presents a

study that aimed to increase understanding of cherished

physical and digital objects, and beyond that, of how we

perceive physical and digital objects, and their advantages

and disadvantages. We identified design opportunities for

novel products and systems that support the creation of

more cherishable digital objects by extrapolating the

advantages of the physical to the digital, exploiting the

reasons for cherishing digital objects, and aiming for

meaningful integrations of physical and digital.


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