The long-distance relationship is a common phenomenon in contemporary society. Nowadays with the development of the Internet, we have various instant messaging software which gives us an effective way to keep communication with distant others. But it also brings a series of new problems.

Due to the lack of physical contact, time difference, and high dependence on the Internet, people often experience negative emotions in long-distance relationships from delayed communication, suspicion, and misunderstanding of messages. Research shows that most couples feel tired and anxious for a long time in a long-distance relationship, and one of the core reasons is the lack of sense of companionship in their daily lives.

The author will explore the design needs by analyzing the characteristics of the long-distance relationship and the psychological components of the sense of companionship, explore design possibilities by investigating existing science and technology, and illustrate the design opportunities by enumerating specific scenarios. As result, the author will propose a complete set of solutions, which could present companionship to help long-distance couples maintain their relationships.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Long-distance relationships--Interactive multimedia--Design; Home automation--Design; Synchronization; Haptic devices--Design and construction

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Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Alex Lobos

Advisor/Committee Member

Lorraine Justice


RIT – Main Campus

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