Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Title

Designing To Build A Stronger Community: Graphical User Interface Design Influence on Social Connectedness Among College Students

Publication Date

Spring 3-2023

College

Watkins College of Art

Department

Art, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Dr. Emmanuel Saka

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

Designing To Build A Stronger Community: Graphical User Interface Design Influence on Social Connectedness Among College Students

Madison Novak, Asher Hunt, Jackson C. Coleman Faculty Advisor: Emmanuel K. Saka, Ph.D., MFA

This study aims to determine how a user-centered design approach through usability testing influences the Graphical User Interface design of an app/website for use among college students to attain a meaningful social connectedness experience through in-person interactions. Technology is becoming increasingly accepted within all facets of modern-day life, with social connectedness being one of life’s most affected areas. Like other technology users, college students have widely accepted the current forms of digital connection to find social connectedness. While students appreciate the benefits it offers to maintain long-distance relationships, current technology platforms lack the ability to build face-to-face connections and instead focus on building connections through the screen. The findings from the needs analysis suggest that there is a potential for a new technology system that facilitates in-person engagement instead of an online presence among college students. The Technology Acceptance Model, through human research and design iterations from a Human-Computer Interaction perspective, was used to create a high-fidelity interactive prototype to help facilitate a positive user experience among college students toward attaining a more meaningful social connectedness.

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