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The laptop as an alibi: Use patterns of unfocused interaction
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media Production. (LINA)
2012 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, ISSN 1891-943X, E-ISSN 1891-943X, Vol. 2012, no 2, p. 132-144Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on a qualitative study of laptop-equipped university students, this article investigates the laptop's role in educational practice. Goffman's framework on unfocused interaction was used to develop and analyze three use patterns: screen peeking, online tics and screensaver fear. These patterns advance our understanding of laptop use, unfocused interaction and the the role of the laptop in the studied situations. The laptop introduces an interpretative flexibility that allows a greater range of different behaviors relative to the dominant involvement. © 2012 Universitetsforlaget.

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2012. Vol. 2012, no 2, p. 132-144
Keywords [en]
Goffman, Involvement, Laptop, Observations, Students
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-4618Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84865101278ISBN: 1891943X (ISSN) (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-4618DiVA, id: diva2:550359
Available from: 2012-09-06 Created: 2012-09-06 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
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1. Being Multisituated: Characterizing laptoping in networked situations
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Being Multisituated: Characterizing laptoping in networked situations
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

During the last 30 years mobile IT has gone from being an exotic ingredient to an everyday artifact. This thesis presents an ethnographic study of laptop use in a university setting. The thesis concludes that it is no longer enough to describe the use of portable IT as an activity in its own right, i.e. using a laptop computer as an activity similar to reading a book or writing an essay. Additionally, describing a person as merely a user of digital technology fails to capture the intervowennessbetween the technology, situation, person and other actors. In order to find more nuanced answers about laptop use the thesis discuss what characterize the use of laptops in everyday life. With support from Actor-Network Theory, the Interaction Order and Experiential computing the thesis explores the hybrid combination of a person-laptop. The contribution is a framework of the driving forces behind the laptoper’s everyday activities. Additionally a model of the networked situation is presented, that uncovers the effects of the laptoper over time, that is, the laptoping process. The contribution is a framework with key characteristics and typified interactions where the multisituated and network dimensions are understood as fundamental elements of hybrid interaction.

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Göteborg: University of Gothenburg, 2015. p. 72
Series
Gothenburg Studies in Informatics, ISSN 1400-74147 ; 47
Keywords
Laptoping, laptoper, interaction order, actor-network theory, networked situation, multisituationism.
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Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
SOCIAL SCIENCE, Informatics
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urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7632 (URN)978-91-982069-2-0 (ISBN)
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Available from: 2015-06-01 Created: 2015-06-01 Last updated: 2015-06-01Bibliographically approved

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