MOBILE DEVICESas INTIMATE TECHNOLOGYAND TECHNOLOGY OF INTIMACY<br />Guillaume.Latzko-Toth@com.ulaval.ca<br />Tw: @guillaum...
Defining mobile devices<br />a class of portable, handheld digital information and communication devices<br />the hardware...
Mobility doesn’t refer to the portability (moveability) of the device as much as it refers to the fact that it is carried ...
Digitality and versatility<br />
contact<br />proximity<br />tactile<br />physical<br />closeness<br />body<br />self<br />intimacy<br />personal<br />priv...
1: Proximity<br />spatial<br />emotional<br />metonymical<br />
MDs and the body<br />
MDs & proximity management<br />Credits: shappy85 @ Flickr<br />
We can be “away from computer” but can we use the same excuse with a mobile device?<br />(me)<br />
Technology of proximity?<br />Texting on the move: teens acknowledge spatial proximity to produce a sense of being togethe...
An example: Grindr<br />Online<br />463 feet away<br />Source: Grindr.com<br />
2: Contact<br />
Contact with MDs<br />They touch us: interacting with us in a haptic way (e.g.: ‘‘vibrate’’ mode)<br />We touch them: we t...
The rise of buttons<br />“At first glance, GUIs, touch screens and especially gesture based interfaces seem to make the bu...
Technology of contact<br />When the phone vibrates to announce an incoming message, is it just a "human-machine" physical ...
3: Privacy<br />
Texting and privacy<br />“the personal medium of the mobile phone becomes the glue for cementing a space of shared intimac...
Micro private spheres in public settings<br />“My friend on the bench over there just texted me, and said she thinks you l...
Blurring the spheres<br />MDs bring the private context into the public context<br />They can also disrupt privacy by maki...
Conclusion<br />People are engaged in an “intimate” relationship with mobile devices<br />But MDs also contribute to recon...
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My presentation at the AoIR Internet Research 12.0 conference, inside the panel "Understanding Mobile Media: The Extensions of Us", Seattle, Oct. 12, 2011: http://bit.ly/niPRSt (abstracts of all panelists).

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  1. 1. MOBILE DEVICESas INTIMATE TECHNOLOGYAND TECHNOLOGY OF INTIMACY<br />Guillaume.Latzko-Toth@com.ulaval.ca<br />Tw: @guillaumelatzko<br />
  2. 2. Defining mobile devices<br />a class of portable, handheld digital information and communication devices<br />the hardware platform through which mobile media are accessed and collaboratively produced<br />mobile phones, tablet computers, e-readers, portable game consoles…<br />
  3. 3. Mobility doesn’t refer to the portability (moveability) of the device as much as it refers to the fact that it is carried whilethe user is mobile<br />
  4. 4. Digitality and versatility<br />
  5. 5. contact<br />proximity<br />tactile<br />physical<br />closeness<br />body<br />self<br />intimacy<br />personal<br />privacy<br />
  6. 6. 1: Proximity<br />spatial<br />emotional<br />metonymical<br />
  7. 7. MDs and the body<br />
  8. 8. MDs & proximity management<br />Credits: shappy85 @ Flickr<br />
  9. 9. We can be “away from computer” but can we use the same excuse with a mobile device?<br />(me)<br />
  10. 10. Technology of proximity?<br />Texting on the move: teens acknowledge spatial proximity to produce a sense of being together “at a distance” (Licoppe, 2009)<br />Location-based apps allow users to “discover” other users around them, “filling” the user’s surroundings with potential social interactions<br />
  11. 11. An example: Grindr<br />Online<br />463 feet away<br />Source: Grindr.com<br />
  12. 12. 2: Contact<br />
  13. 13. Contact with MDs<br />They touch us: interacting with us in a haptic way (e.g.: ‘‘vibrate’’ mode)<br />We touch them: we tap, swipe, pinch, and shake them<br />
  14. 14. The rise of buttons<br />“At first glance, GUIs, touch screens and especially gesture based interfaces seem to make the button disappear. But what is really happening on the screens of PCs, smart phones, and tablets, is an immense inflation of buttons because now designers can display as many buttons in as many arrangements as they like.”<br />Till Heilmann, http://tillheilmann.info/mit7.php<br />
  15. 15. Technology of contact<br />When the phone vibrates to announce an incoming message, is it just a "human-machine" physical interaction, or a physical interaction between two people, mediated by an artifact?<br />Virtualizing the contact?<br />
  16. 16. 3: Privacy<br />
  17. 17. Texting and privacy<br />“the personal medium of the mobile phone becomes the glue for cementing a space of shared intimacy” (Ito & Okabe, 2005)<br />“youth mobile messaging […] construct[s] alternative kinds of intimate “places” or settings where youth can be in touch with their close peer group or “full-time intimate community” (ibid.)<br />
  18. 18. Micro private spheres in public settings<br />“My friend on the bench over there just texted me, and said she thinks you look sexy”<br />Ed Bourdon, http://bit.ly/pLPYG1<br />
  19. 19. Blurring the spheres<br />MDs bring the private context into the public context<br />They can also disrupt privacy by making public what was considered private (e.g. sexting)<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/cernicalo-e/92189137/<br />
  20. 20. Conclusion<br />People are engaged in an “intimate” relationship with mobile devices<br />But MDs also contribute to reconfigure the ways intimacy is experienced and performed (the praxis of intimacy)<br />THANKS!<br />@guillaumelatzko<br />

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