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Pairing technology and meals: a contextual enquiry in the family household

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posted on 01.01.2015, 00:00 authored by Hasan FerdousHasan Ferdous, B Ploderer, H Davis, F Vetere, K O'Hara
Recent research about technology during mealtime has been mostly concerned with developing technology rather than creating a deeper understanding of the context of family mealtimes and associated practices. In this paper, we present a two-phase study discussing how the temporal, social, and food related features are intertwined with technology use during mealtimes. Our findings show how people differentiate technology usage during weekday meals, weekend meals, and among different meals of the day. We identify and analyse prototypical situations ranging from the use of arbitrary technologies while eating solitary, to idiosyncratic family norms and practices associated with shared technologies. We discuss the use of mealtime technology to create appropriate ambience for meals with guests and demonstrate how technology can be used to complement food in everyday meals and special occasions. Our findings make recommendation about the need for HCI research to recognize the contextual nature of technology usage during family mealtimes and to adopt appropriate design strategies.

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Event

Association for Computing Machinery Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group. Conference (27th : 2015 : Melbourne, Vic.)

Series

Association for Computing Machinery Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group Conference

Pagination

370 - 379

Publisher

Association for Computing Machinery

Location

Melbourne, Vic.

Place of publication

New York, N.Y.

Start date

07/12/2015

End date

10/12/2015

ISBN-13

9781450336734

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2015, the owner/author(s)

Editor/Contributor(s)

B Ploderer, M Carter, M Gibbs, W Smith, F Vetere

Title of proceedings

OzCHI 2015 : Being human : Proceedings of the 27th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference 2015

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