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Susanne Bødker

Personal but not private: Appropriation as change in multiple artifact ecologies

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This paper addresses appropriation of smartphones, as they are interconnected with other artefacts in the artefact ecologies of the users. Empirically the paper presents a recent interview study of iPhone appropriation and relates to empirical studies done when the iPhone was new. The paper focuses on how the iPhone has continued developing, and what has happened when, now, the iPhones are increasingly embedded in artefact ecologies with other devices and software, across activities, etc.? What in the iPhone and the artefact ecology at large supports or hinders such change? The paper concludes that the iPhone, in use, is personal and shared with the family, but it certainly is not private. Hence, Apple’s design choices seem to contrast and contradict the development of routines within people’s personal sharing with others, with consequences for the wider artefact ecology and its maintenance.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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