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My Grandfather's iPod: an investigation of emotional attachment to digital and non-digital artefacts.

Turner, Phil; Turner, Susan


Phil Turner

Susan Turner


Motivation -- to explore the nature and dimensions of attachment to digital and non-digital artefacts and explicate any differences in emotional attachment between digital and non-digital artefacts.

Research approach -- Repertory grid based study

Findings/Design -- no clear distinctions between attachment to digital and non-digital artefacts

Research limitations/Implications -- need to explore the underlying factors further in particular in relation to age and gender

Originality/Value -- complements earlier reported studies which suggest that digital artefacts are much less likely to afford attachment

Take away message -- digital artefacts do not pose unique challenges for sustainable interaction design

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name 29th conference of the European Association of Cognitive Ergonomics
Start Date Aug 24, 2011
End Date Aug 26, 2011
Publication Date 2011
Deposit Date Sep 1, 2011
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 149-156
Book Title ECCE '11 Proceedings of the 29th Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics
ISBN 978-1-4503-1029-1
Keywords iPod; attachment; artefacts; digital; non-digital; sustainable interaction design;
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