Do Zenware Applications Reduce the Digital Distraction of Knowledge Workers? A Qualitative Study Based on Expert Interviews

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 588)

Abstract

Applications helping us to maintain the focus on work are called “Zenware” (from concentration and Zen). While form factors, use cases and functionality vary, all these applications have a common goal: creating uninterrupted, focused attention on the task at hand. The rise of such tools exemplifies the users’ desire to control their attention within the context of omnipresent distraction. In expert interviews we investigate approaches in the context of attention-management at the workplace of knowledge workers. To gain a broad understanding, we use judgement sampling in interviews with experts from several disciplines. We especially explore how focus and flow can be stimulated. Our contribution has four components: a brief overview on the state of the art (1), a presentation of the results (2), strategies for coping with digital distractions and design guidelines for future Zenware (3) and an outlook on the overall potential in digital work environments (4).

Keywords

Zenware Human factors Human computer interaction Workspace optimization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Communication TechnologyUlm University of Applied SciencesUlmGermany
  2. 2.Offenburg UniversityOffenburgGermany

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