“It's useless for that”: Finding, frustration, and fun with mobile technology in outdoor markets

Tim Nugent, Christopher Lueg, Paris Buttfield-Addison, Julian Dermoudy

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Abstract

This paper reports on the use of mobile technology–specifically, smartphones and tablet computers–in outdoor public markets in Australia and the United States, based on a survey and interview (n=44) conducted with attendees in public markets. After noting that past research in a variety of disciplines is deficient in regards to its assessment of technology use in such public spaces, we explore the different reasons and situations in which mobile technology is used in them, identifying the most prevalent problems and deficiencies encountered. We provide a foundation on which future work that examines communal public spaces and the use of technology can be based, and promote a broader view of how technology is used for information seeking and communication in such spaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Information seeking
  • mobile
  • public spaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Library and Information Sciences

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