Designing Loving-Kindness Meditation in Virtual Reality for Long-Distance Romantic Relationships

Xian Wang, Xiaoyu Mo, Lik Hang Lee, Xiaoying Wei, Xiaofu Jin, Mingming Fan, Pan Hui

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Abstract

Loving-kindness meditation (LKM) is used in clinical psychology for couples' relationship therapy, but physical isolation can make the relationship more strained and inaccessible to LKM. Virtual reality (VR) can provide immersive LKM activities for long-distance couples. However, no suitable commercial VR applications for couples exist to engage in LKM activities of long-distance. This paper organized a series of workshops with couples to build a prototype of a couple-preferred LKM app. Through analysis of participants' design works and semi-structured interviews, we derived design considerations for such VR apps and created a prototype for couples to experience. We conducted a study with couples to understand their experiences of performing LKM using the VR prototype and a traditional video conferencing tool. Results show that LKM session utilizing both tools has a positive effect on the intimate relationship and the VR prototype is a more preferable tool for long-term use. We believe our experience can inform future researchers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMM 2023 - Proceedings of the 31st ACM International Conference on Multimedia
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages7608-7617
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9798400701085
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023
Event31st ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM 2023 - Ottawa, Canada
Duration: 29 Oct 20233 Nov 2023

Publication series

NameMM 2023 - Proceedings of the 31st ACM International Conference on Multimedia

Conference

Conference31st ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MM 2023
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityOttawa
Period29/10/233/11/23

Keywords

  • couples
  • meditation
  • participatory design
  • virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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