How digital advances have affected emotions towards material possessions

This could be looked into contrasting both young and old peoples opinions. As touched on in our class discussion, it is strange how a photograph can be so special to us however very rarely to people print them off nowadays. Further to this, my special possession was a digital thing potentially classed as intangible. However it was the memory’s behind the documents/images/movies as opposed to the thing itself. Whats more, as Janice said, we weight so much value on uploading photo’s to Facebook, or having them on Flicker etc. And pester friends to ‘put up pictures of so and so…’ It would be interesting to explore how strong the bond is with digital sacred items in comparison to material possessions, and to compare this between generations. It may also shed light onto where the future is taking us and how our feelings towards these sacred items may change in a decade’s time.

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    Janice Denegri Knott


    So perhaps it is timely to revisit Csikzsentmihalyi and Rochberg-Halton’s pioneering work and repurpose their methodology to investigate this? There is interesting stuff being carried out by Abi Sellen at Microsoft Research on digital heirlooms that my be worth revisiting. Visit (for more info)

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