My Virtual friend: A qualitative analysis of the attitudes and experiences of Smartphone users: Implications for Smartphone attachment

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620492
Title:
My Virtual friend: A qualitative analysis of the attitudes and experiences of Smartphone users: Implications for Smartphone attachment
Authors:
Fullwood, Chris; Quinn, Sally; Kaye, Linda K.; Redding, Charlotte
Abstract:
As mobile phones have evolved into Smartphones, they have become more than simple communication tools; transforming into personal assistants, entertainment devices and information gateways. There is a need to understand how this rapid transformation and complexity of Smartphone uses have impacted on users’ relationship with their phones. This study presents a thematic analysis of three focus group discussions around attitudes and experiences of owning and using Smartphones. Themes that emerged included a bifurcation in attitudes to Smartphones as simultaneously materialistic objects, and ones which users express anthropomorphic and sentimental views about. Participant accounts reflected the evolution of Smartphones from functional communication devices, to informational and recreational tools. Participants discussed using Smartphones to alleviate boredom and that device usage had become habituated for some users. However, context determined Smartphone use with some participants using them to feel secure while away from familiar settings. Participant accounts provide rich insights into different Smartphones uses and infer numerous implications for understanding why some users develop strong psychological attachments to them. Findings also imply that users may not be attached to the device itself, but rather the affordances on offer. The implications of these findings, for example in the assessment of Smartphone addiction, are discussed.
Citation:
My Virtual friend: A qualitative analysis of the attitudes and experiences of Smartphone users: Implications for Smartphone attachment 2017 Computers in Human Behavior
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Computers in Human Behavior
Issue Date:
Oct-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620492
DOI:
10.1016/j.chb.2017.05.029
Additional Links:
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0747563217303412
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0747-5632
Appears in Collections:
Psychology

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dc.contributor.authorFullwood, Chrisen
dc.contributor.authorQuinn, Sallyen
dc.contributor.authorKaye, Linda K.en
dc.contributor.authorRedding, Charlotteen
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-26T14:17:04Z-
dc.date.available2017-05-26T14:17:04Z-
dc.date.issued2017-10-
dc.identifier.citationMy Virtual friend: A qualitative analysis of the attitudes and experiences of Smartphone users: Implications for Smartphone attachment 2017 Computers in Human Behavioren
dc.identifier.issn0747-5632en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.chb.2017.05.029-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620492-
dc.description.abstractAs mobile phones have evolved into Smartphones, they have become more than simple communication tools; transforming into personal assistants, entertainment devices and information gateways. There is a need to understand how this rapid transformation and complexity of Smartphone uses have impacted on users’ relationship with their phones. This study presents a thematic analysis of three focus group discussions around attitudes and experiences of owning and using Smartphones. Themes that emerged included a bifurcation in attitudes to Smartphones as simultaneously materialistic objects, and ones which users express anthropomorphic and sentimental views about. Participant accounts reflected the evolution of Smartphones from functional communication devices, to informational and recreational tools. Participants discussed using Smartphones to alleviate boredom and that device usage had become habituated for some users. However, context determined Smartphone use with some participants using them to feel secure while away from familiar settings. Participant accounts provide rich insights into different Smartphones uses and infer numerous implications for understanding why some users develop strong psychological attachments to them. Findings also imply that users may not be attached to the device itself, but rather the affordances on offer. The implications of these findings, for example in the assessment of Smartphone addiction, are discussed.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0747563217303412en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Computers in Human Behavioren
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectSmartphonesen
dc.subjectfocus groupen
dc.subjectthematic analysisen
dc.subjectattitudesen
dc.subjectexperiencesen
dc.subjectattachmenten
dc.titleMy Virtual friend: A qualitative analysis of the attitudes and experiences of Smartphone users: Implications for Smartphone attachmenten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalComputers in Human Behavioren
dc.date.accepted2017-05-
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