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What is Field Observation Studies

Handbook of Research on User Interface Design and Evaluation for Mobile Technology
A qualitative data collection method, which is used to observed naturally occurring behavior of people in their natural settings. The data can be gathered in a form of: film or video recording, still camera, audio type (to record spoken observation), or hand-written note taking.
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User Experience of Camera Phones in Social Contexts
Hanna Stelmaszewska (Middlesex University, UK), Bob Fields (Middlesex University, UK), and Ann Blandford (University College London, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-871-0.ch004
This chapter reports on a qualitative study into people’s use of camera phones for social interaction in co-present settings. The study examined people’s behaviour and positive experiences (e.g., fun, enjoyment, or excitement) when camera phones were used in different spaces (public and private). It was found that camera phones influence social practices. Three distinct practices were observed: sharing a moment now, sharing a moment later, and using photos to initiate social interaction with strangers. The knowledge obtained through the study will offer a conceptual contribution that deepens our understanding of how this emerging and evolving technology is coming to be accommodated into the leisure-related practices of its users.
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