Publication: Through the Looking Glass: Effects of Feedback on Self-Awareness and Conversation during Video Chat

Video chat is a popular form of computer-mediated communication in a range of contexts from online job interviews to chatting with friends. Although seeing your own video feedback is the predominant interface design, self-awareness research suggests that seeing oneself could induce self-consciousness and affect interaction. We created a custom video chat application and asked pairs of strangers to engage in an online personal information exchange task with or without video feedback. Feedback increased self-awareness and the use of socially-focused words, and decreased the use of words expressing certainty. In addition, mixed-gender dyads rated themselves as more socially orientated with feedback than without, which was reflected in an increased use of inclusive pronouns and affiliation words, and fewer words expressing discrepancy. However, with feedback, same-gender dyads reported greater task orientation than mixed-gender dyads - reflected in increased use of task-relevant words. We discuss design implications in contexts from remote therapy to online dating.

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Matthew Miller Regan Mandryk
University of Saskatchewan
Max Birk
University of Saskatchewan
Ansgar Depping
Tushita Patel
University of Saskatchewan

Citation

Miller, M.K., Mandryk, R.L., Birk, M., Depping, A.E., Patel, T. 2017. Through the Looking Glass: Effects of Feedback on Self-Awareness and Conversation during Video Chat. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017), Denver, CO, USA. Honourable Mention Award (top 5%). DOI=10.1145/3025453.3025548.

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@inproceedings {493-pn1475-miller,
author= {Matthew Miller and Regan Mandryk and Max Birk and Ansgar Depping and Tushita Patel},
title= {Through the Looking Glass: Effects of Feedback on Self-Awareness and Conversation during Video Chat},
booktitle= {Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017)},
year= {2017},
address= {Denver, CO, USA},
note= {Honourable Mention Award (top 5%)}
}