Smile Catcher: Can Game Design Lead to Positive Social Interactions?

  title={Smile Catcher: Can Game Design Lead to Positive Social Interactions?},
  author={Niaja Farve and Pattie Maes},
Our hectic and increasingly digital lives can have a negative effect on our health and well-being. Some authors have argued that we socialize less frequently with other people in person and that people feel increasingly lonely [1]. Loneliness has been shown to significantly affect health and wellbeing in a negative way. To combat this, we designed a game, Smile Catcher, which encourages players to engage in in-person, social interactions and get others to smile. Participants wear a device that… 


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