Seeking Love and Companionship through Streaming : Unpacking Livestreamer-moderated Senior Matchmaking in China

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '23
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsAlbrecht Schmidt, Kaisa Väänänen, Tesh Goyal, Per Ola Kristensson, Anicia Peters, Stefanie Mueller, Julie R. Williamson, Max L. Wilson
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages18
ISBN (print)9781450394215
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023

Publication series

NameCHI '23
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery

Conference

Title2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’23)
LocationHybrid
PlaceGermany
CityHamburg
Period23 - 28 April 2023

Abstract

Livestreamer-moderated matchmaking has gained wide popularity among the elderly population in China. Compared to algorithm-mediated online dating, it is characterized by (1) the mediation of matchmakers in a synchronous virtual environment and (2) the natural development of livestreaming-based matchmaking communities. Nonetheless, how these new features influence single seniors’ match-seeking remains unknown. To fill this research gap, we conduct a qualitative study consisting of observations and semi-structured interviews with 6 livestreaming matchmakers and 12 senior match-seekers (age: 50-70). We uncover matchmakers’ mediation roles during and beyond livestreaming to facilitate seniors’ match-seeking, and their additional duties to enhance seniors’ safety in this process. Livestreaming-based matchmaking communities afford multiple important values for single seniors to acquire companionship and help in seeking late-life love. We unpack the perceived benefits and challenges of livestreamer-moderated matchmaking, and discuss how to support single seniors’ match-seeking in an accessible, safe, and convenient manner.

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  • romantic relationships, single seniors, computer-mediated communication, online matchmaking technologies, live streaming

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Seeking Love and Companionship through Streaming: Unpacking Livestreamer-moderated Senior Matchmaking in China. / He, Changyang; He, Lu; Lu, Zhicong et al.
CHI '23: Proceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ed. / Albrecht Schmidt; Kaisa Väänänen; Tesh Goyal; Per Ola Kristensson; Anicia Peters; Stefanie Mueller; Julie R. Williamson; Max L. Wilson. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery, 2023. 274 (CHI '23).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review