RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research interests revolve around how to design systems to build social relationships in the physical world. Related projects that I've worked on are listed below.


Online Dating

How do online daters make and influence decisions over whom to meet face-to-face for dates? What struggles do they encounter? This project follows a research-through-design process, which involves building and assessing an IT artifact to address wicked problems regarding evaluation of potential romantic partners online.

Computer with heart image

Publications for online dating

The Coaches Said... What?: Analysis of Online Dating Strategies Recommended by Dating Coaches
Doug Zytko, Sukeshini A. Grandhi, and Quentin Jones
In proceedings of GROUP 2016
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Enhancing Evaluation of Potential Romantic Partners Online
Doug Zytko
In proceedings of GROUP 2016
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Online Dating Coaches' User Evaluation Strategies
Doug Zytko, Sukeshini A. Grandhi, and Quentin Jones
In proceedings of CHI 2016
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Frustrations with Pursuing Casual Encounters through Online Dating
Doug Zytko, Sukeshini A. Grandhi, and Quentin Jones
In proceedings of CHI 2015
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Online Dating as Pandora's Box: Methodological Issues
Doug Zytko, Jessa Lingel, Jeremy Birnholtz, Nicole B. Ellison, and Jeff Hancock
In proceedings of CSCW 2015
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Enhancing Evaluation of Potential Dates Online Through Paired Collaborative Activities
Doug Zytko, Guo Freeman, Sukeshini A. Grandhi, Susan Herring, and Quentin Jones
In proceedings of CSCW 2015
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Impression Management Struggles in Online Dating
Doug Zytko, Sukeshini A. Grandhi, and Quentin Jones
In Proceedings of GROUP 2014
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Impression Management and Formation in Online Dating Systems
Doug Zytko, Sukeshini A. Grandhi, and Quentin Jones
In Proceedings of ECIS 2014
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Impression Management through Communication in Online Dating
Doug Zytko, Sukeshini A. Grandhi, and Quentin Jones
In Proceedings of CSCW 2014
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Group Coalescing

Social activities often require a group of people to occur (e.g. volleyball), yet interested individuals may not know enough people to make such activities happen. This project follows a research-through-design process, which involves building and assessing an IT artifact to help previously-unknown individuals coalesce into social activity groups.

Group of people

Publications for group coalescing

Anyone for Bowling? Coalescing for Shared Activities
Stephen Ricken, Sukeshini A. Grandhi, Doug Zytko, Starr Roxanne Hiltz, and Quentin Jones
In Proceedings of GROUP 2014
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Social Support

People communicate with their friends through a variety of modalities. This project explored how perceived social support differs for friends one communicates with only face-to-face, only online, and through both modalities.

Friend on another friends back

Publications for social support

Face to Face Matters: Communication Modality, Perceived Social Support, and Psychological Wellbeing
Donghee Yvette Wohn, Wei Peng, and Doug Zytko
In Proceedings of CHI 2017
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