Age Differences in Rendezvousing: 18-30s Vs. 31-45s

  • Martin Colbert
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3101)


One strategy for increasing the usefulness, ease of use and satisfaction of wireless navigation and related services is to tailor a package of services to meet the requirements of particular user groups. This paper reports a diary study, which compared the rendezvousing performance and behaviour of two age groups – 18-30s and 31-45s. The age groups differed in the following respects: (i) 31-45s more frequently attributed problems rendezvousing to the overrunning of previous activities, and to the spontaneous performance of additional tasks (’side-stepping’); (ii) 31-45s more frequently experienced lost opportunities associated with the failure to meet as initially agreed in the form of personal sacrifices; and (iii) 31-45s more frequently changed plans for the rendezvous. The explanation for these differences suggested by the diaries is that commitments to spouse and children lead 31-45s to pack their lives more tightly with activities than 18-30s. Some implications for tailoring wireless navigation and related services to the 31-45 age group are discussed.


Mobile Telephone Related Service Previous Activity Diary Study Wireless Application Protocol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Colbert
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  1. 1.School of Computing and Information SystemsKingston UniversityKingston Upon ThamesUK

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