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User Experience of a Heartbreak

A study of digital heartbreak at the close of a relationship.

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A series of animations documenting the ways in which our use of and feelings toward technology might change during a breakup, and how couples can remain digitally intertwined after separating. It questions the inhumane nature of algorithms and their overwhelming presence in our everyday lives & interactions.

“We have parted. Our ties are severed. But the internet remembers us.”

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Inspired by true events, the project began when I decided to document moments of discomfort during a breakup. In the smallest ways, technology seemed to have preserved our relationship and its demise in some sort of limbo— with what had become superficial connections.


 
While making the project, I researched data on couples' perceived happiness online vs their self-rated happiness offline.

I was honored to have my illustrations published in The Book of Love by Facebook Analog Research Laboratory.



The project is intentionally anonymous, but I enjoyed incorporating subtle personal details like our number of mutual friends.




I learned about algorithms' ability to predict the beginning and end of relationships, and wondered who was watching my digital actions.




The project is intentionally anonymous, but I enjoyed incorporating subtle personal details like our number of mutual friends.