Are our mobile phones driving us apart? Divert attention from mobile phones back to physical conversation!

Thomas Eddie, Juan Ye, Graeme Stevenson

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Abstract

Recent years have witnessed the proliferation of mobile technologies designed to enrich our lives by increasing our productivity, keeping us abreast of news, tracking our fitness, and connecting us to people right across the world. Despite these advantages, excessive mobile phone usage - especially during face-to-face social interactions - has been reported to cause significant negative social impact. In this paper, we lay the groundwork for a study investigating the motivations and patterns of phone usage in social situations, and developing intervention mechanism to direct users' attention away from their phones and towards their physical social space. We have conducted a small user study as a proof of concept and, although we cannot draw any inferences about the general population at this early stage, our findings do provide some indication of key reasons behind the phone usage and different usage patterns across the study participants. The concept of proactively interrupting users to discourage mobile phone use during social situations has been favourably received by our participants, and warrants further development into a more sophisticated form before conducting a larger scale study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobileHCI 2015 - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct
PublisherACM
Pages1082-1087
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781450336536
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2015
Event17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2015 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 24 Aug 201527 Aug 2015

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2015
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period24/08/1527/08/15

Keywords

  • Attention management
  • Behaviour changing
  • Intervention
  • Smartphone
  • User study

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