One of the outcomes of massive adoption of technology is that much of daily technology use and consumption is embedded into "unremarkable" daily life routines, often overlooked in technology adoption research.
Occasionally, these routines may become more apparent as they undergo major shifts, often in conjunction with major life events such as marriage, birth of a child, or a residential move. Such disruptions are not only opportunities for new technologies to provide valuable, foreground support; but also can uncover hidden structures within the more settled preiods that they punctuate. It is through this experience of being unsettled that we explore the process of behavior adjustment and re-evaluation of technology adoption potential and old patterns of technology use as they relate to the ties of the old location and the demands of the new location. We propose a model of settling into a new location as a function of balance between the pull of the things left behind and the demands of the new and unknown.
Irina Shklovski is pursuing a PhD in Human Computer Interaction at the HCI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She is interested in the evolution of social ties, investigating the ways that geographic mobility and Internet-based communication influence the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of personal and work relationships. She is currently working on the HomeNet project with Robert Kraut and Sara Kiesler, examining how, if at all, household computing and the Internet are changing the social and psychological well being of the American family