Lili's Story: Pure Water in Social Network

Huatong Sun

in Cross-Cultural Technology Design

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932993 | DOI:

Series: Human Technology Interaction Series

Lili's Story: Pure Water in Social Network

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This chapter elucidates how action and meaning are interwoven in local uses, with a focus on the dialogic interactions of technology affordances, using a Chinese case. It examines Chinese teacher Lili’s messaging use in her daily social network. The meaning of the technology conveyed from its social affordance was so important to her that she would ignore the poor usability of the technology. This chapter also introduces a complex picture of various cultural influences during technology use.

Keywords: cross-cultural design; mobile messaging; instrumental affordance; social affordance; social network; localization

Chapter.  4949 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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