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Open-source smartphone app and tools for measuring, quantifying, and visualizing technology use

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E-pub ahead of print
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>3/06/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Behavior Research Methods
Number of pages12
Publication StatusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date3/06/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Psychological science has spent many years attempting to understand the impact of new technology on people and society. However, the frequent use of self-report methods to quantify patterns of usage struggle to capture subtle nuances of human–computer interaction. This has become particularly problematic for devices like smartphones that are used frequently and for a variety of purposes. While commercial apps can provide an element of objectivity, these are ‘closed’ and cannot be adapted to deliver a researcher-focused ‘open’ platform that allows for straightforward replication. Therefore, we have developed an Android app that provides accurate, highly detailed, and customizable accounts of smartphone usage without compromising participants’ privacy. Further recommendations and code are provided to assist with data analysis. All source code, materials, and data are freely available (see links in supplementary materials section).