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Using mobile phones in pub talk

Porcheron, Martin; Fischer, Joel E.; Sharples, Sarah


Martin Porcheron

Professor of Human-Computer Interaction


We present the findings from a study of how people interleave mobile phone use with conversation in pubs. Our findings, informed by ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, unpack the interactional methods through which groups of people in pubs occasioned, sustained, and disengaged from mobile device use during conversation with friends. Fundamentally, the work that is done consists of various methods of accounting for mobile device use, and displaying involvement in social interaction while the device is used. We highlight multiple examples of the nuanced ways in which interleaving is problematic in interaction, and relate our findings to the CSCW and HCI literature on collocated interaction. We conclude by considering avenues for future research, and discuss how we may support or disrupt interleaving practices through design to overcome the highlighted interactional troubles.


Porcheron, M., Fischer, J. E., & Sharples, S. (2016). Using mobile phones in pub talk. .

Conference Name 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (CSCW ’16)
Acceptance Date Aug 17, 2015
Publication Date Feb 27, 2016
Deposit Date Oct 20, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 27, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords mobile devices; smartphones; third place; bar; collocated interaction; ethnomethodology; conversation analysis.
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Additional Information Published in: San Francisco, California, USA — February 27 - March 02, 2016, New York : USA, ©2016
ISBN: 9781450335928. doi: 10.1145/2818048.2820014


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