What’s in a Screenshot?

Announcement, March 13, 2019:  Our paper was just published in the journal Human Computer Interaction. See the motivation, techniques, and future directions of Screenomics research, here:  https://doi.org/10.1080/07370024.2019.1578652

Digital experiences capture an increasingly large part of life, making them a preferred, if not required, method to describe and theorize about human behavior. Digital media also shape behavior by enabling people to switch between different content easily, and create unique threads of experiences that pass through numerous information categories.  The Stanford Screenomics Lab is building a framework to study moment-by-moment changes in how people use digital media by recording screen shots from personal digital devices every five seconds.  To date, we have collected over 25 million screen shots from adults and children in the US, China, and Myanmar.  The data are being used to study the role of new media in a breadth of areas including, for example, the influence of social media on politics and democracy, development of precision health diagnostics and interventions, the role of media in the lives of people living in poverty, and the development of intimate social relationships via media.

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