From ambient to adaptation: Interpersonal attention management among young adults

Donghee Yvette Wohn, Jeremy Birnholtz

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11 Scopus citations

Abstract

Ubiquitous mobile usage provides more opportunities to interact with more people than ever, but with the constraint that people's capacity for attention to others is limited. People manage demands on their attention by limiting their availability to others, and this may cause failure in attempts to reach others. In today's always-connected world, we know very little about how people manage their own availability, maintain awareness of others, and adapt their strategies for reaching others in the face of failure. This paper draws on results from a qualitative field study to present an integrative, joint action approach to attention management. Results suggest that mobile devices play a large part in assessing ambient awareness of others and signaling availability, but are rarely used in isolation. Attention is a continuum that spans multiple devices and channels involving actions and choices learned over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMobileHCI 2015 - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages26-35
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450336529
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 24 2015
Event17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2015 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: Aug 24 2015Aug 27 2015

Publication series

NameMobileHCI 2015 - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services

Other

Other17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2015
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period8/24/158/27/15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Keywords

  • Ambient attention
  • Attention
  • Awareness
  • CMC
  • Channel sequencing

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