Jieun Wee

Jieun Wee

Ph.D. Student / Department of Communication

Editorial Assistant, Human Communication Research, ICA (2016-Present)
SV Chiar, SIGCHI, ACM (2015)

MA in Communication, Seoul National University (2013)
BA in Media & Communication / BBA in Business, Korea University (2011)


Social Computing

                                        • Individual Differences and Online Social Networking

Established literature supports the notion that depressed individuals tend to be socially maladjusted and behave differently from those who aren’t depressed. Yet, previous studies seem to overlook the influence of personality on behavior. Particularly, neuroticism may moderate the effect of depression on the way people behave. As one of the Big-Five factors of personality, neuroticism refers to a trait of one’s capability to control emotional distress. Based on behavioral data from 393 Facebook users, current research demonstrates the interaction between depression and personality. Users engaged in activities at different levels of activities corresponding to their depression levels. Further, the effect of depression on social networking was regulated by personality: once neuroticism exceeded certain points, an increase in depression led to a decrease in social networking activities.

– Wee, J., Jang, S., Lee, J., & Jang, W. (2017). The Influence of depression and personality on social networking. Computers in Human Behavior, 74, 45-52. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2017.04.003

                                        • Diverse Interaction Behaviors in Online Social Networking 

It is widely accepted that people tend to associate more and feel closer to those who share similar attributes with themselves. Exploring Facebook is important in that friendships within the network indicate a broader spectrum of friends, ranging from complete strangers to confiding relations. Also, since diverse communication methods are available on Facebook, which method a user adopts to interact with a “friend” could influence the quality of the relationship, i.e. intimacy. Results on 967 Facebook friendships show that traits significantly related to intimacy in the online context differ from those in the offline context. Moreover, in addition to the interaction type itself, direction of the interaction also influenced how intimate users feel towards their friends. Overall findings suggest that elaboration on the dynamics of communication methods in relationships developed and maintained in the online context is necessary.

– Wee, J., & Lee, J. (2017). With whom do you feel most intimate?: Exploring the quality of Facebook friendships in relation to similarities and interaction behaviors. PLoS ONE, 12(4): e0176319. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0176319
– Wee, J. (2013). Interaction behavior as an indicator of online homophily : A study on intimacy among facebook friendship (Master’s thesis). Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
– Top Thesis Award (Korean Association for Broadcasting & Telecommunication Studies, 2013)

Kinetic Typography

        • Sentence-Level Layout of Kinetic Typography in Text-Based Communication

Kinetic typography can be used to reveal emotion successfully in a mediated communication environment. Previous kinetic typography research limits animated effects to word-for-word modules. To support various text-based communication there is a need for a sentence-based system. Therefore, a sentence-level KT system that generates and assigns effects to the text input is proposed and tested. A new algorithm and system where an animated effect for kinetic typography is created for sentences. The system consists of 5 steps, focusing on creating an algorithm for automated processing and layout of text, as in a sentence.

– Lee, J., Kim, D., Won, I., Wee, J., Jang, Y., Jang, S., & Choi, H. (2014). Sentence-level kinetic typography generating system. In Proceedings of the HCI Korea 2015, 104-106.

– Lee, J., Kim, D., Won, I., Wee, J., Jang, Y., Jang, S., & Choi, H. (2014). The architecture of automatic kinetic typography effects generating system. In Proceedings of the Korea Multimedia Society 2014.

        • Validity of Kinetic Typography

Kinetic typography has been suggested to express emotions in computer-mediated communication(CMC) by empowering static texts with dynamic attributes, where conversations occur primarily in text-based forms. In this work, we investigate whether pre-defined kinetic typography effects are capable of delivering emotions, and further, which specific attributes of kinetic typography arouse such emotions. The results show that emotional response of users were corresponding to the emotions intended by experts, indicating that pre-defined kinetic typography is an applicable way to express emotions consistently in CMC. Also, results demonstrate some key attributes that derive certain levels of mood and energy respectively. Energy level turned out to be affected by the font size, transparency, direction of movement, amount of movement, velocity, and acceleration of the text, while mood level was influenced by the transparency, direction of movement, regularity in movement, and speed of the text.

– Lee, J., Kim, D., Wee, J., Jang, S., Ha, S., & Jun, S. (2014). Evaluating pre-defined kinetic typography effects to convey emotions. Journal of Korea Multimedia Society, 17(1), 77-93.

        • Kinetic Typography Use in Real-Time Text-Based Communication

As text-based communication methods become more popular with the advancement of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC), it is becoming more important to overcome the limitations of expressing emotions over text. Kinetic typography is known to convey emotions effectively, and therefore, can be expected to successfully convey emotions in synchronous text-based communication as well. In this paper, we suggest ways to use kinetic typography in real-time conversation. First, we define unit motions for creating various kinetic typography effects promptly. Second, we also suggest an interface of instant kinetic typography messenger, which can easily add various kinetic effects to the input text in real-time.

– Lee, J., Jang, S., Kim, D., Wee, J., Jang, Y., Won, I., Ha, S., & Jun, S. (2013). Kinetic typography instant messenger to convey emotion in real time text-based communication. In Proceedings of the Korean Information Science Society Conference 2013, 1044-1046.

Media Uses and Effects

    • Note-taking Study

Recently, taking notes on smartphones, laptops, personal computers(PCs), or tablet PCs has become more popular. Nevertheless, taking notes on paper is generally recognised to be more natural than using such devices. An extensive literature on  note-taking has been conducted based on the assumption, in order to leverage advantages of paper to computer applications and to minimize factors that may hinder natural behaviors in taking note via electronic devices. Yet, less research attention on comparing note-taking behaviors using diverse media and the cognitive load generated from the interface differences has been given. Thus, we study note-taking behaviors using paper-pen, PC/laptop-keyboard, and tablet PC-digital pen, in order to investigate media effects generated by interface differences.