Exploring boredom proneness as a predictor of mobile phone use in the car
Schroeter, Ronald, Oxtoby, Jim, Johnson, Daniel M., & Steinberger, Fabius (2015) Exploring boredom proneness as a predictor of mobile phone use in the car. In 27th Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (OZCHI 2015), 7-10 December 2015, Melbourne, Vic. (In Press)
Driver distraction through mobile phone use in the car is a growing road safety concern. This paper presents findings of a survey (N = 528), which seeks to better understand the predictors of mobile phone use while driving in young (18-25) adult drivers. The survey investigated factors and motivations such as young adults' boredom proneness and their social connectedness, as well as their general mobile phone use and phone use in the car. We found, e.g., that boredom proneness plays a larger role (compared to social connectedness) in determining how much a young male uses their phone in the car (compared to young females). Despite the study’s limitations, this initial understanding allows us to better design and develop innovative HCI interventions that prevent young adults, particularly males, from phone use while driving in a way that appeals to their needs.
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