Personal Tracking of Screen Time on Digital Devices

Rooksby, John, Asadzadeh, Parvin, Rost, Mattias, Morrison, Alistair and Chalmers, Matthew (2016) Personal Tracking of Screen Time on Digital Devices. In: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '16. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 284-296. ISBN 978-1-4503-3362-7

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Numerous studies have tracked people's everyday use of digital devices, but without consideration of how such data might be of personal interest to the user. We have developed a personal tracking application that enables users to automatically monitor their 'screen time' on mobile devices (iOS and Android) and computers (Mac and Windows). The application interface enables users to combine screen time data from multiple devices. We trialled the application for 28+ days with 21 users, collecting log data and interviewing each user. We found that there is interest in personal tracking in this area, but that the study participants were less interested in quantifying their overall screen time than in gaining data about their use of specific devices and applications. We found that personal tracking of device use is desirable for goals including: increasing productivity, disciplining device use, and cutting down on use.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Personal tracking; Multi-device Use; Software Trial; Qualitative Interviews; Lived Informatics; Design
Subjects: G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2018 09:18
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 08:38

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