Visual representations of digital connectivity in everyday life

Wendy Martin*, Katy Pilcher

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


This paper draws on data from the empirical study Photographing Everyday Life: Ageing, Lived Experiences, Time and Space funded by the ESRC, UK. The focus of the project was to explore the significance of the ordinary and day-to-day and focus on the everyday meanings, lived experiences, practical activities and social contexts in which people in mid to later life live their daily lives. The research involved a diverse sample of 62 women and men aged 50 years and over who took photographs of their different daily routines to create a weekly visual diary. This diary was then explored through in-depth photo-elicitation interviews to make visible the rhythms, patterns and meanings that underlie habitual and routinized everyday worlds. The data was analysed using the software Atlas Ti. The analysis highlighted: (1) the increasing importance of digital connectivity and the ways in which people in mid to later life actively engage (and resist) technologies of communication in their daily lives; and (2) the significance of embodied co-presence and the immediacy of shared space and/or time. Exploring the routines, meanings, and patterns that underpin everyday life has therefore enabled us to make visible how people build, maintain and experience their social and virtual connections, and the ways in which digital devices and information technologies are being incorporated into (and resisted) within daily life.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman aspects of IT for the aged population. Applications, services and contexts
Subtitle of host publicationthird International Conference, ITAP 2017 held as Part of HCI International 2017, proceedings, part II
EditorsJia Zhou, Gavriel Salvendy
Place of PublicationCham (CH)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-58536-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-58535-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event3rd International Conference, ITAP 2017, held as Part of HCI International 2017 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: 9 Jul 201714 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference3rd International Conference, ITAP 2017, held as Part of HCI International 2017
CityVancouver, BC


  • ageing digital
  • everyday life
  • social connections
  • space and time


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