An online survey was conducted to investigate the likelihood of usage of the smartphone Voice Activated Personal Assistant (VAPA) such as Apple's Siri (compared to the usage of smartphone keyboard) as a function of location (private versus public) and type of information (private versus non-private) to inform design decisions to make the private use of the VAPA in public spaces more acceptable from the user point of view. Responses from 76 participants showed that users were more cautious of transmitting private than non-private information. This effect of type of information was amplified in the social context of public locations and when using conspicuous methods of information input such as the VAPA. Participants also preferred using the VAPA in private locations and showed no preference of location for keyboard entries. Correlations between likelihood of usage of VAPA and the social acceptability ratings were positive and predicted similar patterns of smartphone usage.
|Advisor:||Vu, Kim-Phuong L.|
|Commitee:||Chiappe, Dan, Strybel, Thomas Z.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Information Technology, Computer science|
|Keywords:||Information processing, Mobile, Public space and privacy, Smartphone, Voice Activated Personal Assistant|
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