Exploring the Behavioural Effects of Location-Aware Computing While Rendezvousing

Authors: 

David Dearman
Kirstie Hawkey
Kori M. Inkpen

Author Addresses: 

Faculty of Computer Science
Dalhousie University
6050 University Ave.
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 4R2

{dearman,hawkey,inkpen}@cs.dal.ca

Abstract: 

This paper presents an exploratory field study investigating the behavioral effects of mobile location-aware computing on rendezvousing. We introduce a study where participants took part in one of three mobile device conditions (a mobile phone, a location-aware handheld or both a mobile phone and a location-aware handheld) and completed three different rendezvousing scenarios. We discuss the difference in communication patterns focusing on phatic communication and socially established protocols for initiating a conversation. Secondly, we discuss the role of contextual and state information and how each influences rendezvousing behavior.

Tech Report Number: 
CS-2004-12
Report Date: 
October 12, 2004
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