First draft

Title: Don’t let parents alone

Field of study: product design_physical computing, psychology of the relationship between parents and teenagers.


In Korea, a significant number of teenagers is trying to study abroad, being separated from their parents, especially, more and more teenagers have gone for study as parents sacrifice their life, so there are famous saying ‘the goose father’. It means that the fathers stay in Korea for the living by working, and wife leaves together with a child because many parents tend to believe that education in Korea is inadequate. Most of them say that the education they got was how to memorize, not how to analyze, how to describe, explain. They don’t learn to solve a problem logically. Above all, students in Korea should to study in a high school from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, of course now it is changing but still takes for granted so as to enter famous college. It has made parents choose to send their children abroad. As the social attitude of the education has changed, many parents have chosen to send their children study abroad, even though they cannot help being separated from their children. Thus, Parents want to keep in contact in order to maintain the relationship. Due to this social phenomenon, many separated families have a problem such as divorce, suicide, and so on. Also, the recent statistics show that there are a growing number of parents who want their children to study in other countries. That is why we need to have an interest in the social problem like this.


Many students have been separated from parents so as to study abroad since they were young, so they need to keep up with their parents, in order to share their daily life and thought, even though they are not living together. Especially, teenagers can’t distinguish the right from wrong. It means that they need to be under control of parents. Also, they sometimes need to get some advice for solving the problems, and parents need to lead them to be a good adult. That’s why I think that they have to keep in touch with their parents by doing tactile, which makes teenagers feel more familiar. When I researched the relationship between parents and children, the research said that “The parent-child relationship is one of the longest lasting social ties human beings establish,” said Kira Birditt, lead author of the study and a researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR). “This tie is often highly positive and supportive but it also commonly includes feelings of irritation, tension and ambivalence.”

Like this, the relationship between parents and children looks quite comfortable, and at the same time complicated. That is why it may be more difficult to solve some psychology problem between them. That is to say, to recover and maintain the relationship in the situation that children are separated from parents, there is something, which can help them with the social object to promote communication between them.


The most important thing is to get a substantial number of researches to prove that interaction design can help the separated family, thus interview is a good method so as to find a good way to make them keep in touch. I had a first interview with my some of friends who is studying in the UK by being separated from parents.

I asked some questions

1. Hoe long have you been separated from parents?

2. How often do you have a voice call with your parents?

3. How often do you have a video call with your parents?

4. Have you felt any uncomfortable when you cannot contact with your parents frequently?

5. Do you want any special way of communication with your parent?

When I had an interview, I was surprised that most of them thought they do not think that they need to have more conversation with their parents and feel uncomfortable the situation that they cannot contact with their parents frequently. I thought that it is serious problem because they do not regard this phenomenon as normal feelings. Above all, no one wants to communicate with parents frequently. It was also surprising result, but I cannot empathize on them, for that reason, I will read two books, which is related to teenagers’ psychology. One is Parenting teenagers: Setting Up and Evaluating a ‘Therapeutic Parent Consultation Service: Work in Progress by Charlotte Jarvis, David Trevatt, Denise Drinkwater, open door, London, UK’, and the other is ‘Parenting the Teenage Brain: Understading a work in Progress by Sherly Feinstein, June 18, 2007’

Also, I will do interview with a teenager who is separated from parents for 8 years for the case study by observing and doing an in-depth interview, and research about transactional psychology ( “transactional psychology is a theory in psychology that examines the interactions, or ‘transactions’, between a person and other people. The underlying precept is that humans are social creatures and that a person is a multi-faceted being that changes when in contact with another person in their world.” ), because now she is living with her younger sister and grand mother, I think that she would be more intimate with her sister and grand mother. I would like to know how could a kind of relationship affect on the relationship between teenagers and parents.

Predicted resolutions:

There were some kinds of social objects, which have promoted communication among people. I would like to make like this social object by using physical computing, and application for supporting this object. I did not have a concrete plan of what I will make for them, but I have some sample of that. For example, Remotehouse: Busy bench and Lonely Lamp(Bi-locational apartment installations, Tobi Schendler with Magnus Jonsson, Fredrik Petersson, Carole Collett, Erik Gronvall, Stefanie Schneidler and Adam Somali- Fischer) helps friends to stay in touch, literally, through tangible and sensual communication. In details, In London and Berlin, sensory furniture and fittings such as the BUSY BENCH and Lonely Lamp detect and distribute impressions rather than information about the inhabitants. Those cues of occupation are transmitted via the Internet to the other side, where they surface through kinectic, tangible features and light installations-tactile and visual cues on furniture and other physical surfaces. Likewise, I will apply my project to the physical computing and tangible thing.


June; reading two reference books and research about teenager’s psychology

July; case study with So-Ee and have in-depth interview or interview more teenagers

August; organize research and my thesis. Start to design social object

September; finish my thesis and develop the social object for outcomes: short trailer video, app., and social object.