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When Attention is not Scarce - Detecting Boredom from Mobile Phone Usage

Martin Pielot, Tilman Dingler, Jose San Pedro, Nuria Oliver

PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2015 ACM INTERNATIONAL JOINT CONFERENCE ON PERVASIVE AND UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING (UBICOMP 2015) | ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY | Published : 2015

Abstract

Boredom is a common human emotion which may lead to an active search for stimulation. People often turn to their mobile phones to seek that stimulation. In this paper, we tackle the challenge of automatically inferring boredom from mobile phone usage. In a two-week in-The-wild study, we collected over 40,000,000 usage logs and 4398 boredom self-reports of 54 mobile phone users. We show that a user-independent machine-learning model of boredom -leveraging features related to recency of communication, usage intensity, time of day, and demographics- can infer boredom with an accuracy (AUCROC) of up to 82.9%. Results from a second field study with 16 participants suggest that people are more lik..

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