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Title: User attachment to smartphones and design guidelines
Authors: Thorsteinsson, Gisli
Page, Tom
Keywords: Attachment theory
Design and emotion
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Citation: THORSTEINSSON, G., and PAGE, T., 2014. User attachment to smartphones and design guidelines. International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, 8 (3), pp. 201 - 215.
Abstract: This research examines the emotional attachments that users have towards their smartphones. An online survey and a case study were undertaken, in order to determine the degree to which users were attached to their smartphones, and the results of both studies highlighted that all participants displayed emotional attachment to their smartphones. Conclusions may be drawn from the results of the studies, in identifying how emotional attachments can be formed, the roles smartphone brands play in emotional attachment and the social implications of such attachment. The information gathered was utilised to offer advice to designers, in order to assist them in strengthening the emotional attachment of users to their smartphone.
Description: This article was published in the International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation [© Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJMLO.2014.067020
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1504/IJMLO.2014.067020
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/17186
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJMLO.2014.067020
ISSN: 1746-725X
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