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A grounded theory of the flow experiences of web users

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Steven PaceSteven Pace
This paper presents a grounded theoryof the flow experiences of Web users engaged in information-seeking activities. The term flow refers to a state of consciousness that is sometimes experienced by individuals who are deeply involved in an enjoyable activity. The experience is characterized by some common elements: a balance between the challenges of an activity and the skills required to meet those challenges; clear goals and feedback; concentration on the task at hand; a sense of control; a merging of action and awareness; a loss of self-consciousness; a distorted sense of time; and the autotelic experience. The grounded theory research method that was employed in this study is a primarily inductive investigative process in which the researcher formulates a theoryabout a phenomenon by systematically gathering and analysing relevant data. The aim of this research method is building theory, not testing theory. The data that was gathered for this study primarily consisted of semi-structured in-depth interviews with informants of varying gender, age, educational attainments, occupations and Web experience who could recall experiencing flow while using the Web.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

60

Issue

3

Start Page

327

End Page

363

Number of Pages

37

ISSN

1071-5819

Location

London, UK

Publisher

Academic Press

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Informatics and Communication; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.

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