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Smartphone interactions and nature benefits: How predominant approaches picture social life and ways of advancing this work

Hitchings, Russell; Maller, Cecily; (2022) Smartphone interactions and nature benefits: How predominant approaches picture social life and ways of advancing this work. People and Nature , 4 (1) pp. 4-14. 10.1002/pan3.10263. Green open access

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Abstract

Whether new technologies will have a positive impact on how societies experience nature depends on how particular devices and populations come to interact. This paper reviews two bodies of work that have sought to understand and influence these interactions with reference to the smartphone. The first is associated with a group of researchers interested in how smartphone apps might help people to engage with their surroundings in beneficial ways. The second comes from a set of scholars hoping to learn from the analysis of the social media datasets associated with smartphone interactions outdoors. After comparing these how these two bodies commonly see the social world, the paper considers how other approaches might augment these endeavours. We argue for more studies that explore what different social groups have to say about life with the smartphone and how norms of technology use emerge. We also suggest that this area of research might engage more fully with wider academic work on how smartphones are reshaping our societies. A free Plain Language Summary can be found within the Supporting Information of this article.

Type: Article
Title: Smartphone interactions and nature benefits: How predominant approaches picture social life and ways of advancing this work
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/pan3.10263
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10263
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Authors. People and Nature published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Ecological Society This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Apps, flickr, nature experience, qualitative research, smartphones, twitter
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10160196
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