User Experience of Camera Phones in Social Contexts

H Stelmaszewska, B Fields, Ann Blandford
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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.