"My Perfect Platform Would Be Telepathy" - Reimagining the Design of Social Media with Autistic Adults

Belén Barros Pena, Nelya Koteyko, Martine Van Driel, Andrea Delgado, John Vines

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Abstract / Description of output

In this paper, we critically examine the design of mainstream social media platforms from the point of view of autistic experiences and perspectives, drawing inspiration from the neurodiversity movement, the notion of autism as neurodivergence, and the concept of autistic sociality. We conducted 12 participatory design sessions with 20 autistic adult collaborators. Through thematic analysis of qualitative data, we identify seven challenges our participants experienced when using social media, and a set of imagined features that represent their vision of how design could better support their social media use. We discuss how mainstream social media platforms are primarily designed to address neurotypical sensitivities, and fail autistic adults through lack of user control, inadequate mechanisms for expressing tone and intention, and an orientation towards phatic interactions. To close, we outline how autistic sociality can inspire the design of kinder and more considerate social media platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '23 - Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM Association for Computing Machinery
Pages1-16
ISBN (Electronic)9781450394215
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2023
Event2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 23 Apr 202328 Apr 2023
https://chi2023.acm.org/

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

Conference2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2023
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityHamburg
Period23/04/2328/04/23
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Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • autistic adults
  • autistic sociality
  • participatory design
  • social media

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