I have now started to write-up my findings from the PhD research I have been doing for the past 2 years and am truly amazed by the time people have given to my research.
When those involved in my research give their time and emotional energy to discuss their darkest moments and deepest grief, the use of terms such as "participants" and "preliminary findings" seems disrespectful. In my thesis I use these terms with sincere respect and thanks to all those who have given their time for this study.
Many of my participants are what I call "digital inheritors" and have inherited the digital memories created by others. Now, I need to find more people who are doing the "creating": people who are life-logging, people who are creating chatbots of themselves or avatars to be used by future generations.
Please get in touch if you would like to be a participant: firstname.lastname@example.org