Personal tracking of screen time on digital devices

John Rooksby, Parvin Asadzadeh, Mattias Rost, Alistair Morrison, Matthew Chalmers

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Abstract

Numerous studies have tracked people's everyday use of digital devices, but without consideration of how such data might be of personal interest to the user. We have developed a personal tracking application that enables users to automatically monitor their 'screen time' on mobile devices (iOS and Android) and computers (Mac and Windows). The application interface enables users to combine screen time data from multiple devices. We trialled the application for 28+ days with 21 users, collecting log data and interviewing each user. We found that there is interest in personal tracking in this area, but that the study participants were less interested in quantifying their overall screen time than in gaining data about their use of specific devices and applications. We found that personal tracking of device use is desirable for goals including: increasing productivity, disciplining device use, and cutting down on use.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM
Pages284-296
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333627
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event34th Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2016 - San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016

Conference

Conference34th Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period7/05/1612/05/16

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