Balancing work, life and other concerns: a study of mobile technology use by Australian freelancers

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Sadler, Kirsten, Robertson, Toni, Kan, Melanie and Hagen, Penny (2006) Balancing work, life and other concerns: a study of mobile technology use by Australian freelancers. In: Proceedings of the 4th Nordic conference on Human-computer interaction changing roles. Mørch, Anders, Morgan, Konrad, Bratteteig, Tone, Ghosh, Gautam and Svanaes, Dag, eds. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series . Association for Computing Machinery, New York, pp. 413-416.

Abstract

Other book title: "NordiCHI 2006 The 4th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction Oslo, Norway — October 14 - 18, 2006" In this paper we present initial findings from an empirical study of the mobile technology use and mobile work practices of freelancers in the domain of Film and Television. Our findings demonstrate that mobile phones were primarily used to manage other personal activities and concerns unrelated to the local work. They were used only intermittently to support local practice when that practice itself moved away from fixed resources. The fact that people were consistently using their mobile phones at work to attend to other concerns is an important feature of mobile technology use. This personal aspect of use in the work context has been largely overlooked within the Mobile HCI literature. In particular, our findings reveal the ways in which freelancers manage the blurring of contexts that is facilitated by mobile phones. We consider implications of these findings for the ways in which we currently talk and think about mobile technology use within Mobile HCI.

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Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/24539
DOI https://doi.org/10.1145/1182475.1182525
Official URL http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1182525
ISBN 1595933255
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0806 Information Systems
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Keywords studies of practice, mobile technology use, work/life
Citations in Scopus 20 - View on Scopus
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