Abstract

As we go about our everyday routines we encounter and
interact with numerous physical (e.g. furniture or clothes)
and digital objects (e.g. photos or e-mails). Some of these
objects may be particular cherished, for example because of
memories attached to them. As several studies into
cherished objects have shown, we have more difficulties
identifying cherished digital objects than physical ones.
However, cherishing a small collection of digital objects
can be beneficial; e.g. it can encourage active selection of
digital objects to keep and discard. This paper presents a
study that aimed to increase understanding of cherished
physical and digital objects, and beyond that, of how we
perceive physical and digital objects, and their advantages
and disadvantages. We identified design opportunities for
novel products and systems that support the creation of
more cherishable digital objects by extrapolating the
advantages of the physical to the digital, exploiting the
reasons for cherishing digital objects, and aiming for
meaningful integrations of physical and digital.

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