With the rapid development of the Internet in recent years, social media is also changing and influencing people's social ways. Become an indispensable part of people's social life. Social contact should belong to the whole people, and daily communication is the demand of everyone. However, some particular groups still need to face many obstacles when using social media. For Pre-lingually deaf people, sign language is their first language, and English is their second language. Sometimes when they read some information in the second language, they can't fully understand it, which leads to obstacles when they use social media. Secondly, in addition to text and pictures, voice and video are frequently used in social media. However, voice and video are difficult for deaf people to deal with, which significantly reduces the user experience of deaf people. Therefore, to solve these problems and improve the user experience of deaf people is what we need to do at present. This article will start with a discussion on what difficulties and obstacles deaf people encounter when using social media. It will then further explore how technology can be used to solve previous problems and how to improve deaf people's user experience.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Deaf--Means of communication; Deaf--Social networks; Intelligent agents (Computer software)--Design; Social media; Accessible Web sites for the deaf; Sign language

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Visual Communication Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Adam Smith

Advisor/Committee Member

Joel Rosen


RIT – Main Campus

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