The access to digital information is becoming more free of spatial restrictions. For many citizens, mobile devices nowadays are the main gateway to news, health information or shopping. To a great extent, these mobile information consumption patterns on tablets, wearables, and smartphones determine important domains in public life. However, the impact of ubiquitous access, location-based services and small screens on citizens’ access, reception and processing of information is understudied. Furthermore, methodological challenges have prevented extensive insights into how citizens consume important societal information on their mobiles.
Projects – 2019
Information consumption patterns on mobile devices and its meaning for an informed citizenry
Digicomlab Researcher: Jakob Ohme
This research project investigates the frequency, quality, usage intention and attention to societally relevant information on mobile devices. To this end, it advances existing methodological approaches in mobile communication research (e.g. ESM, mobile eye tracking, log-data usage). Its core goal is to compare consumption patterns across devices and spatial conditions. Here, the project accounts for the variety of environments and locations that mobile communication is used in. It investigates how mobile access impacts information consumption on devices like smartphones and thereby the role of mobile information access for an informed citizenry.