Effects of Time Orientation on Design of Notification Systems

  • Ding-Long Huang
  • Pei-Luen Patrick Rau
  • Hui Su
  • Nan Tu
  • Chen Zhao
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4550)


This study investigated the effect of time orientation on notification systems. A special game was designed to test users’ performance and perception with notification systems. Significant differences of Interruption and Reaction level were found between monochronic and polychronic participants. The results showed that time orientation do affect users’ perception and performance with notification systems. Polychronic users perceive lower level of interruption of the notification messages than monochronic users; polychronic users prefer rapid and accurate response to the stimuli provided by the notification system while monochronic users tend to avoid that.


Time Orientation Notification System Interruption Reaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ding-Long Huang
    • 1
  • Pei-Luen Patrick Rau
    • 1
  • Hui Su
    • 2
  • Nan Tu
    • 1
  • Chen Zhao
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084China
  2. 2.IBM China Research Lab, Beijing 100094China

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