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Literature Review

Statistic

 

  1. Why More millennials are having LDR
    1. Grow up in front of screens + tech savvy
    2. Millennials value transience
  • Millennials are eschewing relationships all together, opting instead for no-strings-attached hookups
  1. Seek more workplace flexibility and opportunity for overseas assignments as keys to greater job satisfaction and pursuit career
  2. Feminism. Instead of marriage and follow the male partner, females are encouraged to prioritize their future before sacrificing for their loved one.
  3. Peruse better college or job: Both parties work to reconcile individual career dreams with shared relationship goals. Essentially, those of us in long-distance relationships are trying to have it all , in our own uncompromising, Millennial way.

 

  1. According to a 2018 study, 58% of Americans in long-term relationships will stay together.
  2. Long-distance relationships may be more stable…

One 2007 study found that people in long-distance relationships reported more idealism, positive reminisces, perceived agreement, communication quality, and even romantic love than people in geographically close relationships.

  1. The same study found that about one-third of long-distance couples broke upwithin three months of moving to be in the same place.
  2. Distance isn’t an indicator of relationship quality
    1. According to a 2005 studyup to 75%of college students report having been in a long-distance relationship at some point in their lives, and 35% of college students are in long-distance relationships at any one time. In fact, nearly a third of all people who claim they are in this type of relationship say these are college relationships.
  3. 5 months – the average time before a long distance relationship breaks down
  4. 40 % of all long distance relationships ends with a break-up; 70 % of all failed long distance relationships fails due to unplanned changes

Interview key summary

do they need product?

· Short term doesn’t need product: 1. Apart for short term 2. Could meet each other frequently per month

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What do they need ?

· background calling is needed, because this makes them feel like in the same room, but if it is too long cause a pressure on them = being monitored

· Netflix occasionally useful because many of them have a hard time finding the same movie they love: episode, movie, books, animation, manga

· It is hard when you don’t have things to say but you are forced to say something to keep the closed relationships because communication is the only way you can connect with each other,so

· Need some kind of things to do together synchronously which triggers the conversation and inspire them about other topics: need contribution of both of them so they understand each other’s difficulty/joy

· Better not to be product because the threshold of buying a physical product is much higher than buying a digital product

· When ask about Birthday present: most of them say physical rather than digital

· But a diary could be helpful for understanding each other

· Not deep topics because they rather talk about this in person with body and facial expression

· They might have tried some games play together but end up giving up

· It will be so helpful if they know each other’s friends

· It will be great if it could have positive impact on both of them : remind each other to work out, to sleep well, to read more books

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when to use?

· Mostly before go to bed: because of time difference and busy working about 30min -2hr

· People are busy nowadays, message is better to keep in touch because have very minimum contact time, doesn’t affect people around them

· Top picks are before go to bed, during homework, and during transportation

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What insight do they have?

· Private Code

· Affect going out with friends

· Friends understand but not family members

What makes them persist?

· the feeling of the right one, they are not just dating, they take this seriously

· their partner is far better than anyone around them

Environmental Scan

  1. Product Gadgets: https://lastingthedistance.com/long-distance-relationship-gadgets/
  2. Gift: https://www.womenshealthmag.com/relationships/g29675130/long-distance-relationship-gifts/?slide=2
  3. Best APP: https://www.bustle.com/p/17-apps-that-will-make-long-distance-couples-feel-like-theyre-closer-together-2985152

15 Best Apps For Couples in 2020 to Improve Relationship

  1. Altspace VR& Vtime game – good and bad: https://kotaku.com/long-distance-relationships-suck-but-vrs-made-it-easie-1775615168
    1. Active/interesting/immersive/addicted/ jealous
  2. Apple is Working on it: AR/ VR /Haptic technology: https://www.thejournal.ie/future-focus-long-distance-relationships-4679895-Jun2019/
  3. Facebook space VR social place : https://ca.news.yahoo.com/virtual-reality-might-save-long-130000332.html
  4. Rabbit App: watch anything with anyone
  5. VR wedding https://www.wired.com/story/virtual-reality-wedding/

Interview question Version 2

1. Background & Basic Information

a. Name/ Age/ Gender/ Occupation: College student?

b. Briefly about you and the relationship

i. How long was the duration of LDR?

ii. What was the reason you start the LDR

iii. Were you two physically together before you start the LDR/or you meet each other online?

2. Opinion on LDR

a. What is the reason/or what are the factors that make you and your partner insist in the LDR?

b. Do you think that physical gift and hand-written letters can be replaced by virtual gift, money transfer or email/FB posts/INS posts/giftcard (of the same text)?Do you think that physical analogue methods of communication can be replaced by virtual platforms? Why?

OR imagine it’s your birthday, people are sending you both physical and digital goods/cards. How do you feel about both? Do you have a preference and why?

3. Friends and family

a. Does your family member know/ do they support you? ADD A SCALE for example from 1 -10…

b. Did you find any influence that your friends or family have on you/or your relationship? On the opposite, do you have any affect on them?

4. During LDR

a. Could you please describe a typical day you have during LDR?

b. What do you usually share with your partner or he share with you ?

c. What are the things you would like to know about your partner during LDR? If you said picture, then what kind of picture you are interested in/what pic left you the most impression?

d. e. The frequency of communicating through message/phone call/video chat?Do you have a block of time to contact each other ?

f. When/where/what condition were you text/call/video chat with your partner, talk about the top 3-5 ? Example: during cooking, during transit, before go to bed ,etc.

g. Besides what mentioned above (message/phone call/video), is there other ways that you could establish connection with one another? Examples like social media, games sending gift or letter etc. Do you think these kinds of things play an important role in your relationship? Why?

h. Have you two tried to do something synchronously, like cooking, watch the same movie? What does this make you feel?

i. Are there other challenges, opportunity or insights, interesting things that you found out during LDR?

5. About Product/service

a. During the LDR, do you think you are satisfied with the communication method of the 3 (message/phone call/video) ? Have you ever thought about other ways to establish emotion connection/promote common topic (which might now exist currently)? If there are products/Apps/Service like this, are you willing to purchase?

b. Have you thought about using 5 senses as intermediate? There are also heartbeat, temperature change? Is these kinds of product important/ attractive to you? Why? will you buy this for your partner?

c. Are you willing to participate in the user testing when I finish building my product?

Interview Question Version 1

1. Background & Basic Information

a. Name/ Age/ Gender/ Occupation: College student?

b. Briefly about you or the relationship

i. How long was the duration?

ii. What was the reason you start the LDR

iii. Were you two physically together before you start the LDR/or you meet each other online?

2. Feeling during LDR

a. The frequency of communicating through message/phone call/video chat?

b. When/where/what condition were you having the conversation?

c. Besides what mentioned above(message/phone call/video) , is there other ways that you could establish connection with one another? like social media, games sending gift or letter etc. Do you think these kinds of things play an important role in your relationship? Why?

d. Have you two tried to do something synchronously, like cooking, watch the same movie? What does this makes you feel?

e. Is there other pain points or insights, interesting things that you found out during LDR?

3. Friends and family

a. Does your family member know/ do they support you?

b. Did you found any influence that your friends or family have on you/or your relationship? On the opposite, do you have any influence on them?

4. Opinion on LDR

a. What essential factors do you think that make you insist until now/ or if consider LDR is a plant, what are the important factors that provide the soil for LDR to grow? Example: know each other well before being apart; similar background or experience; similar value and expectation for the future; common topic or fun facts.

b. Do you think that physical gift and hand-written letters can be replaced by virtual gift, money transfer or email/FB posts (of the same text)? Why?

5. About Product/service

a. During the LDR, do you think you are satisfied with the communication method of the 3 (message/phone call/video) ? Have you ever thought about other ways to establish emotion connection/promote common topic (which might now exist currently)? If there are products/Apps/Service like this, are you willing to purchase?

b. Have you thought about using 5 senses as intermediate? Or heart beat, temperature change? Is these important/ attractive to you? Why ? will you buy this for your partner?

c. Are you willing to participate in the user testing when I finish building my product?

Thesis Topic Decided

I decided to go with the direction of Long-distance relationships between the three topics I have earlier. In the article below, I am going to explain why other ideas were given up compared to this.

Grocery shopping and cooking was my first idea. But after talking with Job 1 on 1, I realized that even if it is a good idea, the outcome has to be really good in order to be proposed to big companies like Loblaw with an entirely new business system and strategy. Cooking on the other hand is a very flat and detail-oriented idea which solve the everyday need. The client was the biggest issue that this idea was given up.

Online learning is a popular topic with lots of potentials, but the thing is that it is the hardest topic to investigate and research. It addresses complicated issues that involve the habit, problem of family, teachers, and psychology of young children. It is probably more suitable for a design team rather than myself.

Long-distance relationship on the other hand allows me to talk about deep underlying social issues nowadays. With the shift from physical to the data-based online environment, e-dating and long-distance relationships become normal in the current era. At the same time, it is a rapidly accelerating trend that everyone is facing nowadays, with the increasing isolation because of the virus and the convenience of well-developed technology.  My client will be companies that have made similar products before or App development companies that interested in this market.

My lovely group & my struggle for this week

During this week’s Monday session, we use the time briefly covered the 4W of  Tim, Beth, and my topic. We discussed what we have so far and everyone’s opinion on it.

We also did an informal presentation rehearsal on Tuesday night where everyone could have a chance to present in front of somebody else and get used to the technology and process. It makes us less anxious about our presentation tomorrow.

I received a lot of help and got inspired by discussing with other members of my group. They gave me really constructive advice, provide me insights with their own experience, and encourage me with love and hope.   And I believe this is a two-way relationship, where everyone will also get alert, inspire and confirm for things that were unclear. This process really helps sort our mind and makes our path straight.

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I was very struggling last week because when everyone knows what their topic is, I am still deciding between the 3 broad directions: Grocery Shopping, Long distance relationships, and Online learning tools, and under each direction, there are 2-3 opportunities that I can pursue. This is really a heavy task for me and drives me crazy because they are all my “babies” that I have been thinking throughout the summer and they are all my favorite directions that I am interested in. It took me a lot of time doing research, reading news, and talking to people which result in that I have very minimum time to sort my slides before presenting.

It is indeed very hard to make this choice because we are facing another wave of COVID infection with over 700 people test positive each day in Ontario. I will have to consider the reality that I might not have the physical opportunity to interview or get in touch with people. And because I am on my own, I should not choose a topic that is too big for a period of 6 months with only myself. Plus I will have to consider the risk of picking something that is too time-sensitive to current needs which might come up anytime by any big companies.  Plus, I am more interested in deep underneath social issues behind phenomenons so I tend to avoid anything that has superficial pain points.  But at the same time, this means that I proposed to myself a very big challenge from all aspects.

 

 

STEEPV And Framing

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https://app.mural.co/t/idmdp2020jobreza3152/m/idmdp2020jobreza3152/1600101191928/fd68ba718e50848763327e1819229d1536d539cf

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Opportunities were too narrow focused

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After today’s session, I realized that the opportunities that I identified were to narrow. A specific product should not be included at this stage.

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