Emotions and technological affordances

Elizabeth L. Cohen, Jessica Gall Myrick

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Research on the ties between technological affordances or functions and users' emotion is nascent. This chapter reviews the current work on this topic with a specific focus on the roles that digital affordances play in processes of both emotion regulation and emotion sharing and expression. Technological affordance refers to any capacity or feature of technology that shapes how users use it. Special attention is given to the implications of the affordances of interactivity, personalization, accessibility, visibility, and social cues for these affective processes. The chapter concludes with suggestions for future research on how the affordances that media and technology offer to users affect their emotional lives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmotions in the Digital World
Subtitle of host publicationExploring Affective Experience and Expression in Online Interactions
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780197520567
ISBN (Print)9780197520536
StatePublished - Jul 20 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

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