AbstractThis is a master thesis (60 credits) written at the Department of Informatics, University ofOslo.The goals of the thesis are:1. To describe research about informality in communication.2. To describe research about the application of touch in communication.3. By way of scenarios, illustrate how touch can be used to support informal, socialinteraction in a distributed environment.I describe background research and theories within the fields of HCI and CSCW. I use thisand research on haptics, informal communication and scenarios to shed light upon anddiscuss the theme of the thesis.I found that research supports: œ Informal communication is important in all areas of our lives, professionally,privately and socially. œ Systems for computer mediated human to human communication benefits fromsupporting informal communication. œ That touch is a powerful means of communication, and that computer mediatedtouch can convey information between people. œ The field of haptics is an emerging popular field right now.