Anyone for bowling? Coalescing for shared activities

Stephen Ricken, Sukeshini Grandhi, Doug Zytko, Starr Roxanne Hiltz, Quentin Jones

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Scopus citations


Despite the importance of individuals coming together for social group-activities (e.g. pick-up volleyball, chess clubs), the process by which such groups coalesce is poorly understood. Existing theories focus on adoption and contribution rates, group types, and the formation of group norms, as opposed to the processes involved in initial group coalescence. We address this gap in the literature through an interview study examining: 1) how well people's needs for social group activity engagement are being met; 2) the challenges they face in finding and participating in, and; 3) leading interest-based group activities. Our findings highlight how people's needs are not being addressed by current technologies. In particular, they place a heavy burden on individuals to step forward into leadership positions where the return they will receive for their efforts is often unknown, or extremely limited. We discuss the implications of our findings for the design of interest-based group coalescing technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGROUP 2014 - Proceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781450330435
StatePublished - Nov 9 2014
Event18th ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work, GROUP 2014 - Sanibel Island, United States
Duration: Nov 9 2014Nov 12 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work


Other18th ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work, GROUP 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanibel Island

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science


  • Critical mass
  • MeetUp
  • Social activities
  • Social capital


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