Towards a likeability framework that meets child-computer interaction & communication sciences

Bieke Zaman, Vero Vanden Abeele
2007 Proceedings of the 6th international conference on Interaction design and children - IDC '07  
This paper discusses the quest for a framework that helps to research and design technology that supports fun activities of preschoolers in the home environment. We therefore review literature within Child-Computer Interaction and the Uses & Gratifications framework in Mass Communication Sciences. We propose that in order to be likeable, a product should fulfill the gratifications of the user. We conceptualize interactive toys and games no longer as tools but as media. Through the use of probes
more » ... and observations, we adapt and validate our framework to arrive at a final classification of gratifications. Our framework enumerates five important gratifications of preschoolers: (1) challenge & control, (2) social experiences, (3) fantasy, (4) creative & constructive expressions, and (5) body & senses. Furthermore, we detail how basic needs, individual characteristics and societal aspects complement the Likeability Framework.
doi:10.1145/1297277.1297279 dblp:conf/acmidc/ZamanA07 fatcat:7obijtlscfe7jmz65gvxcrp7ca