Here are a list of our on-going projects and some representative, recent publications related to those projects. For a full list of publications, please refer to the publications page.
Content Moderation in Social Media
Supported by the National Science Foundation and Mozilla Foundation, our work focuses on the work of volunteer moderators in live streaming communities and understanding how safe spaces develop online.
- Cai, J., & Wohn, D. Y. (2019). Categorizing live streaming moderation tools: An analysis of Twitch. International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies, 9, 36-50 [pdf]
- Cai, J., & Wohn, D. Y. (2019). What are Effective Strategies of Handling Harassment on Twitch? Proceedings of CSCW Companion [pdf]
- Wohn, D. Y. (2019). Volunteer Moderators in Twitch Micro Communities: How they Get Involved, the Roles they Play, and the Emotional Labor they Experience. In Proceedings of 2019 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’19) [pdf]
Games, live streaming, and eSports
Live streaming and esports are relatively new cultural trends that are recreational activities that require high technology specifications. Current projects are aimed at understanding more about people’s behaviors in these environments with the aim of developing better systems, such as 1) Understanding virtual currency/ economies, digital patronage 2) Relationships between streamers and viewers, and 3) virtual collaboration/teamwork. We are collaborating with researchers in Clemson University and Google.
- Wohn, D. Y., Freeman, G., & McLaughlin, C. (2018). Explaining Viewers’ Emotional, Instrumental, and Financial Support Provision for Live Streamers. In Proceedings of CHI, no. 474, New York, NY: ACM [PDF]
- Cai, J., Wohn, D. Y., Mittal, A., & Sureshbabu, D. (2018). Utilitarian and Hedonic Motivations for Live Streaming Shopping. In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video (TVX), pp.81-88. New York, NY: ACM [PDF]
- Mittal, A., & Wohn, D. Y. (2019). Charity Streaming: Why Charity Organizations Use Live Streams for Fundraising. Proceedings of ACM CHIPLAY Extended abstracts, 551-556. [pdf]
- Wohn, D. Y., & Freeman, G. (2019). Live Streaming, Playing, and Money Spending Behaviors in eSports. Games and Culture
Technology and Health / Psychological well-being
There are numerous technologies that can support healthy living, ranging from emotional support via social media to chronic disease management. Our lab is currently working on a number of different health technology projects including 1) Utilizing social media to improve mental health through social support, 2) Mental health disclosures on live streaming media, and 3) Using games for stroke rehabilitation.
- Ahmadi, M., Schneider, M., Kadam, R., & Wohn, D. Y. (2016). Designing Paralinguistic Digital Affordances for Social Support. [PDF] Proceedings CSCW 2016 Companion, 221-224.
- Wohn, D. Y., & LaRose, R. (2014). Effects of loneliness and differential usage of Facebook on college adjustment of first-year students [pdf] Computers & Education, 76, 158-167
- Luo, Y., Lee, B., Wohn, D. Y., Rebar, A., Conroy, D., & Choe, E. K. (2018). Time for Break: Understanding information workers’ sedentary behavior through a break prompting system. In Proceedings of CHI, New York, NY: ACM
- Abukwaik, B., & Wohn, D. Y. (2017). Telehealth experiences of female college students. Final graduation project. [pdf]
News Consumption in the Age of Social Media
Crystallization is a network model of information flow and reality formation. This model incorporates network theory into the traditional agenda-setting theory and proposes that members of one’s social networks become “neo agenda setters.” We are also doing empirical work on how people consume news through mobile social media and how it influences their political engagement.
- Min, S. J., & Wohn, D. Y. (2018). All the News that You Don’t Like: Cross-cutting Exposure and Political Participation in the Age of Social Media. Computers in Human Behavior, 83, 24-31 [PDF]
- Wohn, D. Y., & Bowe, B. J. (2016). Micro Agenda Setters: The Effect of Social Media on Young Adults’ Exposure to and Attitude Toward News. Social Media and Society, 2(1)
- Wohn, D. Y., & Bowe, B. J. (2014). How social media facilitates social construction of reality. In Proceedings of companion publication of CSCW 2014, 261-264. New York, NY: ACM
Robots and Bots
We are examining the role that physical robots, conversational agents (e.g., Alexa, Siri), and virtual bots play in communication via technology.
- Chue, V., Rios, J., & Wohn, D. Y. (2018). A Hot Bot: Testing Effect of
Temperature on Feelings of Closeness When Interacting With a Chatbot. In Proceedings of GROUP, pp.136-139. New York, NY: ACM [PDF]
- Wohn, D. Y., Ahmadi, M., Gong, L., Kulkarni, I., Poojari, A. (2017). Designing a Social Support System for College Adjustment and Social Support. In Proceedings of ICWSM, 688-691