The Different Attachment to Virtual Possession Between Young and Elder Adults

  • Chia-Sui Hsu
  • Yuan-Chi TsengEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9741)


This research explores emotional relationship between individual among different ages and their virtual possessions. We conducted 24 in-depth interviews with younger adults (under 20-year-old) and elder adults (above 40-year-old) in Taiwan. Data were collected and analyzed following grounded theory coding method. By understanding usage behaviors and feelings about participants’ important virtual possessions, we induced several differences of virtual possession attachment among different ages. We concluded four types of virtual possession, the causes of attachment development and usage behaviors among different ages. Finally, several similarities and dissimilarities between elder and young adults were discussed. Some guidelines of designing for improving virtual possession attachment for people in these two generations are proposed.


Attachment Virtual possession Different generation 



This research was supported by a grant, MOST 104-2628-E-006 -013 -MY3, from Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cognition, Experience and Behavior Design Lab, Department of Industrial DesignNational Cheng Kung UniversityTainanTaiwan

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