Adapting to the mobile world: A model of smartphone use

Dan Wang, Zheng Xiang, Daniel R. Fesenmaier

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Mobile systems have become important tools enabling tourists to navigate an uncertain world. A critical examination of the literature suggests that work is needed to develop a holistic understanding on the smartphone use for travel. The results of this study confirms that the use of smartphones for travel is shaped by complex interactions between contextual factors, cognitive beliefs, previous experiences and everyday use, and that smartphone use has the potential to substantially transform the tourist experience. A framework is proposed that integrates the mechanisms shaping the adoption, use and impact of smartphones in travel. This framework provides a broad foundation for understanding how mobile systems shape tourist experience while providing directions for future research in the area of mobile computing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-26
Number of pages16
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Daily life
  • Mobile systems
  • Smartphone
  • Technology
  • Tourist experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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