Exploring (un)sustainable growth of digital technologies in the home

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Authors

  • Oliver Bates
  • Carolynne Lord
  • Bran Knowles
  • Adrian Friday
  • Adrian Clear
  • Mike Hazas

External departments

  • Lancaster University
  • Newcastle University

Details

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of EnviroInfo and ICT for Sustainability 2015
EditorsTimo Jakobi
PublisherAtlantis Press
Pages300-309
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789462520929
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event EnviroInfo and ICT for Sustainability - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 7 Sep 20159 Sep 2015
http://enviroinfo2015.org/about/

Publication series

Name Advances in Computer Science Research
PublisherAtlantis Press
ISSN (Electronic)2352-538X

Conference

Conference EnviroInfo and ICT for Sustainability
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period7/09/159/09/15
Internet address
Publication type

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

Abstract

HCI and Ubicomp research often centres around the support of humans interacting with digital technology. Despite this obvious focus, there seems to be less work on understanding how these digital technologies can lead to growth in use, dependence, and influence practices in everyday life. In this paper we discuss how digital technologies have been, and continue to be, adopted in domestic practices—and how the growth of interactions with various ecologies of digital technologies can lead to growth in use and energy consumption. We further the discussion within ICT4S and sustainable HCI on how to promote research that encourages sustainability as a core concern—socially, economically, and ecologically—emphasising that defining limits to growth are important when trying to affect change in sustainable directions. We echo calls for more significant sustainability research from HCI, and set out some avenues of design for moving in this direction.

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