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Tuesday, July 28 • 10:31 - 12:00
"Towards hyper-connected mobility through social networking apps: video- ethnography of patterns of uses"

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Authors: Julien Figeac and Johann Chaulet

This proposal aims at presenting a study on the uses of social networking sites (SNS – i.e. Facebook, Snapchat) and micro-blogging apps (Twitter, Tumblr, etc.) on smartphones during ordinary journeys on public transport. In order to collect the appropriation of smartphones in various means of transport (subway, tramway, bus) in two French cities (Paris and Toulouse), a video-ethnography of utilisations was completed by a sample of 30 users under 35 years of age who recorded 42 hours of smartphone usage. 

This video protocol allows us to provide a detailed analysis of the appropriation of SNS apps by describing the temporal organization of uses. This research shows that users reproduce a similar pattern structured according to urban mobilities (which define short durations of use), technological design of apps (which displays notifications) and social relations (which induce social solicitations and commitments). In compliance with the new mobility paradigm (Urry, 2000; Sheller, Urry, 2006), this proposal highlights how urban settings frame these nomadic uses of SNS and can promote a contemporary form of “networked individualism” (Wellman, 2001) and hyper-connected digital sociability. 

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Johann Chaulet

researcher, CNRS
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Julien Figeac

CNRS Researcher, CNRS - National Center for Scientific Research
My research focuses on uses of ICT in situations of mobility. | | My work is distinguished by the development of a method of observation, video-ethnography, based on video recordings of the uses of smartphones in public settings. I developed this approach during my PhD by focusing on the appropriation of Mobile TV in order to follow the paradigm of the sociology of mobility. | | I expanded this research protocol by analyzing the... Read More →

Tuesday July 28, 2015 10:31 - 12:00
(9th Floor) TRS 3-176 (Ted Rogers School of Management) 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3

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