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PRICKLY: a self-care application for single-person households

Live Alone, Together



We designed a self-care mobile application for single-person households of young adults. In particular, we conducted workshops with young adults living alone to develop and refine the functions of the applications, which apply to their shared ideas and common needs.


There have been no particular mobile self-care services for one-person households. There have been studies on assisting older people in living alone. However, there is a lack of general attention and interest to help single-person households of young adults. In Canada, one-person households accounted for 28% of all households in 2016, and there has been a rapid increase in young adults among the population. Also, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, people who live alone could easily face the challenge of isolation and disconnection. For young adults familiar with mobile technologies, mobile self-care services could be an easy and effective tool for them to care for their healthy and independent lifestyles.



PRICKLY is a self-care mobile application for single-person households. We started Prickly because we - people living in single-person households - would like to create a community that supports healthy and independent living during the pandemic and post-pandemic era. We may be living alone, but this does not have to mean lonely living.







The mobile application has three main functions: daily log, challenge and reflection. The daily log helps users easily record their physical and emotional states and track their health conditions. As users fill in daily logs, the app recommends simple challenges to help users maintain their healthy, independent lives. The reflection section allows users to read and respond to ideas about living independently and share their thoughts with other people living alone.



Producer and Project Manager: Hobin Kim

Creative Director and Researcher: Sojung Bahng

Character and UI designer: Aiden Hatcher

UX designer: Jongbin Kim

R&D collaboration: Vicky McArthur, Carleton University



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