Drivers Using Mobile Phones in Traffic: An Ethnographic Study of Interactional Adaptation

This article discusses present research methods in the area of drivers' use of mobile telephones in traffic. The authors first consider studies that used experimental approaches and that are based on a cognitive perspective, noting that these studies have influenced policy and design decisions thus far and discussing why this is problematic. The authors then present preliminary data from an ethnographic study of mobile phone use in traffic. In this type of research, the aim is to investigate the interactional adaptation by which the driver fits involvement with the phone with driving and vice versa. By video recording the activities of driving and handling the mobile phone, details are revealed that could not be found in experimental studies with a constructed setup. The authors conclude by discussing the advantages of this method and how to develop it further.

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    • Special Issue: In Use, In Situ: Extending Field Research Methods
  • Authors:
    • Esbjornsson, M
    • Juhlin, O
    • Weilemann, A
  • Publication Date: 2007


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01056013
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 30 2007 9:47AM