Together in Bed? Couples' Mobile Technology Use in Bed

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In this paper, we investigate the use of mobile technology in an underexplored context, the bed that couples share. Despite large amounts of research on the impact of pre-bedtime technology use on our sleep and mental state, scant research in the HCI field focuses on the physical bed as a negotiated site of technology use by couples. This paper explores (a) the meaning of the bed accessed by mobile technology and (b) the strategies of both individual and shared technology use in bed, in the context of couple's relationships. We investigate the effects of mobile technology to couples' bed-sharing practices through in-depth interviews (n = 12) and an online survey (n = 117). We report on creative and negotiated bodily practices of mobile technology use by couples in bed, and the perceived effects on couples' verbal and physical interaction and the intimacy of the bed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '19
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsStephen Brewster, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Anna Cox, Vassilis Kostakos
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-5970-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Extended Abstracts of the 2021 - Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 8 May 202113 May 2021

Publication series

SeriesConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


ConferenceCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI
Internet address


  • bed
  • bedrooms
  • couple relationships
  • disconnecting
  • sleep
  • smartphones
  • mobile technology
  • intimacy

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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