A DAY IN A LIFE
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.
State of the art
"Currently, the project has amounted to a number of articles dealing with the methodological aspects of studying smartphones in everyday life and the integration of smartphones into the spatial and temporal patterns of everyday life. At the moment I am analysing some additional data in order to analyse more specifically the visual aspects of everyday communication on these grounds."
Anne Mette Thorhauge
Associate Professor, PhD
Department of Media, Cognition and Communication,
University of Copenhagen