Exploring the Behavioural Effects of Location-Aware Computing While Rendezvousing


David Dearman
Kirstie Hawkey
Kori M. Inkpen

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



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.

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October 12, 2004
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