IPhone in vivo: Video analysis of mobile device use

Barry Brown, Moria McGregor, Eric Laurier

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Abstract

Despite the widespread use of mobile devices, details of mobile technology use 'in the wild'have proven difficult to collect. This paper uses video data to gain new insight into the use of mobile computing devices. Our new method combines screen-capture of iPhone use with video recordings from wearable cameras. We use this data to analyse how mobile device use is threaded into other copresent activities, focusing on the use of maps and internet searches. Close analysis reveals novel aspects of gestures on touch screens, how they serve 'double duty" - both as interface gestures but as as resources for ongoing joint action. We go on to describe how users 'walk the blue dot'to orientate themselves, and how searches are occasioned by the local environment. In conclusion, we argue that mobile devices - rather than pushing us away from the world around us - are instead just another thread in the complex tapestry of everyday interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2013
Subtitle of host publicationChanging Perspectives, Conference Proceedings - The 31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Pages1031-1040
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2013
Event31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Changing Perspectives - Paris, France
Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

Conference31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Changing Perspectives
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityParis
Period27/04/132/05/13

Keywords

  • Ethnography
  • Mobility
  • Smartphone use
  • Video methods

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