Conception of a social network for family work

Beate Blättner, Elisabeth Hintz, Werner Winzerling, Michaela Ludolph, Mario Rudloff


Families perform work in shaping the family’s everyday life. Family work comprises, for instance, the production of a feeling of belonging, educational work, and the organization of the family’s everyday life, including its health-relevant implications. Nowadays families are started by a generation of active users of digital media. Based on a demand analysis, the prototype of a web application was therefore developed which can support family work and offers exemplary health-related functions. FamTIME was the winner of the AOK Leonardo advancement award for digital prevention 2012 and was developed by an interdisciplinary team at Fulda University of Applied Sciences from 2012 to 2014. Demands on this web application were derived from an analysis of 14 interviews with 34 family members who were selected through theoretical sampling. The prototype developed was subsequently evaluated by 13 families. The evaluation of the FamTIME prototype was able to show that families are basically interested in supportive digital media. Families have objectives such as economy of time, identification of common time slots and leisure-time opportunities, as well as the maintenance of everyday communication over distances. Besides usability, the families have high expectations with respect to the web application’s individualization potential.


Family work; Digital media; Digital prevention; Communication


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Studies in Communication Sciences | ISSN: 1424-4896