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

Conference paper


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.


Mobile technology Tourist experience Smartphone Technological involvement Spillover 



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

  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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