Pairing technology and meals: A contextual enquiry in the family household

Ferdous, Hasan Shahid, Ploderer, Bernd, Davis, Hilary, Vetere, Frank, & O'Hara, Kenton (2015) Pairing technology and meals: A contextual enquiry in the family household. In Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction (OZCHI 2015), December 7-10, 2015, Parkville, Vic.

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Recent research about technology during mealtime has been mostly concerned with developing technology rather than creating a deeper understanding of the context of family mealtimes and associated practices. In this paper, we present a two-phase study discussing how the temporal, social, and food related features are intertwined with technology use during mealtimes. Our findings show how people differentiate technology usage during weekday meals, weekend meals, and among different meals of the day. We identify and analyse prototypical situations ranging from the use of arbitrary technologies while eating solitary, to idiosyncratic family norms and practices associated with shared technologies. We discuss the use of mealtime technology to create appropriate ambience for meals with guests and demonstrate how technology can be used to complement food in everyday meals and special occasions. Our findings make recommendation about the need for HCI research to recognize the contextual nature of technology usage during family mealtimes and to adopt appropriate design strategies.

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ID Code: 93516
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: commensality, family meals
DOI: 10.1145/2838739.2838780
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 09 Mar 2016 23:07
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2016 21:48

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