Measuring multitasking: methodological questions in time use research

Kenyon, Susan (2010) Measuring multitasking: methodological questions in time use research. In: TRB 89th Annual Meeting , 10-16 January 2010, Washington DC, USA. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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One can learn a lot about society by knowing how people spend their time during the average day. However, inconsistency in the recording of time use, specifically, in how one records details of people’s participation in more than one activity at a time (‘multitasking’), may be preventing full understanding of how people use their time in their everyday lives. In consequence, one may not know what we think we know about time use, with implications for ‘knowledge’ in a wide range of academic disciplines (and policy areas), including transport. Following a review of the use of the concept of multitasking in selected academic papers and in selected time use diaries, this paper presents examples of popular use of the term, taken from a national (GB) survey. The paper raises important questions regarding the conceptualization and definition of multitasking. It identifies an important gap in the research literature and in the practice of time use research. This illustrates a need for methodological clarification in time use research, to enhance the comparability and reliability of time use studies.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: Information management; Multitasking; Policy making; Research; Social factors; Time use; Time use patterns
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD29 Operational Research - Applications
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Susan Kenyon
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2010 13:13
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 08:33
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