The Nostalgia Bits (NoBits) project aims at fostering interaction between elderly and children through collecting memories. A web-based platform will be developed to allow tangible artefacts of an elderly person’s life experience to become a resource to other generations and to connect the elderly users with members of their own generation. Here, we describe the results of a user needs analysis conducted by focus groups and questionnaires with end-users. The sample comprised 23 elderly (M = 65.83 SD = 6.32) and 310 children (M = 11.29 SD = 2.28). The findings were expanded through other two focus groups – one with ten elderly (M = 67.30 SD = 4.30) and one with 11 children (M = 12.45 SD = 1.21) – to obtain specific data for the development of a website based upon the suggestions collected through this user needs analysis. Results showed that both samples accepted the NoBits concept and that supporting collaborative reminiscing with social media is a promising approach to increase cross-generational interactions and mentoring.
- reminiscing system
- social networks