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What explains differences in users' inclination to appropriate technology for unconventional purposes? A preliminary analysis

Conference: ECCE 2009 - Designing beyond the Product - Understanding Activity and User Experience in Ubiquitous Environments, European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2009, Helsinki, Finland, September 30 - October 2, 2009
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It is common to state that inventions of new purposes of use arise in social interaction with other technology users. Social aspects of appropriation have subsequently received a lot more attention than individual users' characteristics in appropriation research. To remedy this imbalance, this paper presents a pre- liminary analysis of a web survey that charted aspects of digital camera use and individuals' photography orientations and used them as predictors of digital camera appropriation. Gender, technology understanding and exchange of ideas with others proved tentatively the best predictors of appropriation.

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    ABSTRACT: We propose that sustainable interaction design can benefit from the notion of appropriation-enabling design in the sense that designing for appropriation can promote renewal and reuse of software and hardware artifacts. To this end, we establish the relation between sustainable interaction design and appropriation, identify three appropriation-enabling design challenges, suggest tentative solutions to them and assess an existing system to illustrate effects of certain appropriation-enabling design decisions on overall system sustainability. We propose that the perspective propagated by us can further HCI paradigms that allow for appropriative interaction, thus helping to sustain computing resources by promoting the prolonged use of software artifacts. This approach is based on the assumption that prolonged use of software solutions will ultimately lead to the longevity of the hardware artifacts on which they operate.
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