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Experiencing Coincidence during Digital Music Listening

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tuck Leong, Professor Steve Howard


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People have reported encountering coincidences when using particular technologies to interact with personal digital content. However, to date, there is a paucity of research to understand these experiences. This article applies McCarthy and Wright's [2004; 2005] experiential framework to analyze these kinds of technology-mediated coincidences. By focusing upon encounters of coincidence during people's digital music listening, we identified the elements at play, elucidated the properties of the individual elements, their inter-relationships, and an understanding of how coincidences can arise. We also reveal how, under particular conditions, such elements provide people with opportunities to encounter coincidence. This understanding of coincidence demonstrates how McCarthy and Wright's [2004; 2005] framework can be usefully applied to an empirical investigation of user experience.

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Author(s): Leong TW, Vetere F, Howard S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction

Year: 2012

Volume: 19

Issue: 1

Pages: 6

Print publication date: 01/03/2012

ISSN (print): 1073-0516

ISSN (electronic): 1557-7325

Publisher: ACM Press


DOI: 10.1145/2147783.2147789


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EP/G066019/1-SIDEResearch Councils UK