The global pandemic has deepened an epidemic of loneliness in America. Quarantine during COVID-19 restricts in-person social activities that make managing long-distance relationships challenging. People feel uncomfortable and less confident to maintain healthy relationships in a virtual world. My thesis explores interaction methods to encourage people to stay in touch in long-distance relationships through establishing and maintaining communication contracts. To solve the problem, I designed Stay In Touch - a mobile APP and a watch to provide users a quick and interesting way to monitor and manage long-distance relationships. The APP helps people manage connections and take quick reach-out actions. The watch is an auxiliary device that allows users to receive and reply to whispers to initiate connections with important others. Stay In Touch aims to reconnect friends and family at a long distance in the context of the pandemic.
Visual Communication Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Design (CAD)
Zhou, Zhichao, "Stay in Touch: An interaction design project for managing and facilitating healthy long-distance relationships" (2021). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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