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Film, interrupted: Investigating how mobile device notifications affect immersion during movies

Rigby, JM; Brumby, DP; Cox, AL; Gould, SJJ; (2017) Film, interrupted: Investigating how mobile device notifications affect immersion during movies. In: MobileHCI '17 Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, Article number 93. ACM: New York, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Mobile devices are increasingly used while watching video, both as a secondary device and for dedicated viewing. However, devices frequently issue notifications that can interrupt viewing. This study investigated the effect of interruptions from notifications on viewer immersion. Participants watched 10 minutes of a movie without notifications, and 10 minutes while receiving message notifications. There were two participant groups: one watched video on a 30-inch monitor with messages sent to a separate smartphone; while another watched on a smartphone while also receiving messages on it. Viewer immersion was assessed after each condition via questionnaire. We also considered message response times. Results showed that immersion scores were lower when the video was interrupted with notifications, regardless of viewing device. Message response times were fastest when using the phone as a secondary device. Our results suggest that device-driven interruptions should be minimised for an immersive film experience.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Film, interrupted: Investigating how mobile device notifications affect immersion during movies
Event: 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services
ISBN-13: 978-1-4503-5075-4
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3098279.3122136
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3098279.3122136
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Human-centered computing
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1566958
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