Publication released: Generations, devices, and the Internet

Publication released: Generations, devices, and the Internet

Andrea Rosales and Mireia-Fernández-Ardèvol coauthor a new publication released in the proceedings of the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII’16). This conference is taking place in Toronto, Canada, between the 17th and 22nd of July, 2016.

The title of the article is “Generational comparison of simultaneous Internet activities using smartphones and computers“, and the abstract is as follows:

Computers and smartphones are multipurpose devices with overlapping capacities. Thus, users end up interacting with the same information through different devices, sometimes simultaneously (or within a short timeframe). As our artifact ecologies grow, it is clear that the use of multipurpose devices cannot be understood in isolation, and diverse uses are widely influenced by personal interests. However, personal interests change over a lifetime. Tracking the online smartphone and computer activities of 178 Spanish users aged 17 to 76, we make an intergenerational comparison of simultaneous activities on both devices. We demonstrate that simultaneous activities are common to people of all ages, tending to happen more during working hours. While age stereotypes say that older people are less active users of technologies, some are also engaged in simultaneous smartphone–computer use, evidence that they are making the most of the devices available to them.



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