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Disconnected and Unplugged: Experiences of Technology Induced Anxieties and Tensions While Traveling

  • Cody Morris Paris
  • Edward Alexander Berger
  • Simon Rubin
  • Mallory Casson
Conference paper

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore the experience of being disconnected while traveling for technologically savvy travelers. This paper will explore how new technologies ‘separate’ travelers from the physical and embodied travel experience, and how experiences and tensions caused by being disconnected or unplugged are negotiated. For this study, travelers’ experiences were elicited through a series of online interviews conducted primarily through email and Facebook. Pearce and Gretzel’s (Int J Tourism Sci 12(2):1–20, 2012) technology-induced tensions and recent literature on internet/technology addiction provide a conceptual framework for the analysis.

Keywords

Mobile technology Tourist experience Smartphone Technological involvement Spillover 

Notes

Acknowledgements

An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Travel and Tourism Research Association annual conference held in Bruges, Belgium in June 2014.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cody Morris Paris
    • 1
  • Edward Alexander Berger
    • 2
  • Simon Rubin
    • 3
  • Mallory Casson
    • 4
  1. 1.School of LawMiddlesex University DubaiDubaiUAE
  2. 2.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.Freelance Tourism ResearcherFarmington HillsUSA
  4. 4.Double Tree Boston North ShoreDanversUSA

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