A qualitative, multi-methods approach to data collected on smartphones as a way of uncovering a user-centred perspective on cross-media communication

As an individualised multimedia device, the smartphone represents a relevant starting point for studying individual users’ cross-media practices. Moreover, the technological affordances of the smartphone, including built-in sensors and GPS tracker as well as features for capturing photo, audio and video material, enable the collection of a wide range of data. These properties have mainly been approached from a quantitative point of view focusing on automatically logged use data as an alternative to, for instance, survey data. The qualitative, multiple-method approach to data collected on smartphones provides crucial insight into the contexts and everyday practices of cross-media communication. Read more.