Making the city my own: uses and practices of mobile location technologies for exploration of a new city

Louise Barkhuus, Donghee Yvette Wohn

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Abstract

In this paper, we present an interview study of 13 recent newcomers to New York City, focusing on their early experiences of exploration and use of mobile location services and other tools for getting to know their new city. We describe their reasons and intentions behind exploratory practices using digital tools and emphasize how they make meaning out of new places in relation to technology tools as well as their previous places. Mobile location technologies make the process of finding specific places and exploring new neighborhoods a digital search task but discourage the notion of wandering and exploration. We point out missed opportunities for socio-technical systems supporting place making and place discovery and suggest that digital exploration tools should stay peripheral to the activities that people enjoy as tech-free but support a wider notion of search for salient characteristics of places.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-278
Number of pages10
JournalPersonal and Ubiquitous Computing
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research

Keywords

  • Location-based services
  • Mobile technologies
  • Place technologies

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