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Understanding technology choices and values through social class

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Understanding technology choices and values through social class
This ethnographic study of 22 diverse families in the San Francisco Bay Area explores parents’ attitudes about their children’s use of technology. We found that parents from different socioeconomic classes have different values and practices around technology use, and that those values and practices reflect structural differences in their everyday lives. Calling attention to class differences in technology use challenges the prevailing practice in human-computer interaction of designing for those similar to oneself, which often privileges middle-class values and practices. By discussing the differences between these two groups and the advantages of researching both, this research highlights the benefits of explicitly engaging with socioeconomic status as a category of analysis in design. Author Keywords Class, computers, ethnography, family, mobile phones, socioeconomic status, telephones, television, values, video games. ACM Classification Keywords H5.m. Information interfaces an...
Morgan G. Ames, Janet Go, Joseph Kaye, Mirjana Spa
Added 27 Aug 2011
Updated 27 Aug 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where CSCW
Authors Morgan G. Ames, Janet Go, Joseph Kaye, Mirjana Spasojevic
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