Features

XXII.2 March + April 2015
Page: 52
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On the importance and implications of studying technology non-use


Authors:
Eric Baumer, Jenna Burrell, Morgan Ames, Jed Brubaker, Paul Dourish

Quit Facebook Day. Paraguayan children indifferent to their OLPC XO laptop. Digitally disconnected residents of Sub-Saharan Africa. Facebook pages of the deceased. Each of these in some way draws attention to technology non-use. While researchers have explored questions around non-use for some time [1,2], the dominant discourse in HCI still focuses primarily on technology users. However, non-use and other forms of technological relationships not only are becoming increasingly common but in fact also pervade numerous areas of work in HCI. So what do deceased Facebook users have in common with children in Paraguay who could care less about their XO…




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