The Value of Unproductive Time with Personal Ubiquitous Technologies

Yong Ki Lee, Youn Kyung Lim, Kun Pyo Lee

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We explored the phenomenon of smartphone use in Korea through a Grounded Theory study. The preliminary theory that emerged during our data analysis centered on the role of temporal experiences among young ‘tech-savvy’ Koreans. Within this focus, we theorized that Korean youths exploit smartphone features in form of practices that manipulate time perceptions in personally meaningful, yet effectively unproductive ways. Accordingly, we argue that personal ubiquitous computing, enabled through the smartphone, requires research approaches to time that question the prevalence of productivity. We support this notion of a non-functional approach to time that plays with time’s fluidity rather than its scheduled rigidity, by proposing the concept of Intrinsic Technology Integration as a temporal quality factor of personal ubiquitous technologies. Through this, we impli-cate an alternative research direction for time in HCI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Association of Societies of Design Research Congress 2013 Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Association of Societies of Design Research Congress 2013 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 26 Aug 201330 Aug 2013


ConferenceInternational Association of Societies of Design Research Congress 2013
Abbreviated titleIASDR 2013

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