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Evidence to support common application switching behaviour on smartphones

Turner, Liam D. ORCID:, Whitaker, Roger M. ORCID:, Allen, Stuart M. ORCID:, Linden, David E. J. ORCID:, Tu, Kun, Li, Jian and Towsley, Don 2019. Evidence to support common application switching behaviour on smartphones. Royal Society Open Science 6 (3) , 190018. 10.1098/rsos.190018

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We find evidence to support common behaviour in smartphone usage based on analysis of application (app) switching. This is an overlooked aspect of smartphone usage that gives additional insight beyond screen time and the particular apps that are accessed. Using a dataset of usage behaviour from 53 participants over a 6-week period, we find strong similarity in the structure of networks built from app switching, despite diversity in the apps used, and the volume of app switching. App switch networks exhibit small-world, broad-scale network features, with a rapid popularity decay, suggesting that preferential attachment may drive next-app decision making.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Crime and Security Research Institute (CSURI)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Additional Information: Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited.
Publisher: Royal Society, The
ISSN: 2054-5703
Funders: U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the U.K. Ministry of Defence
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 February 2019
Date of Acceptance: 18 February 2019
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2023 19:49

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