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Take Your Time First, Time Your Search Later: How College Students Perceive Time in Web Searching

Shu-Yi (Max) Chen and Soo Young Rieh

(Submission #53)


Temporal issues in information behavior are generally under-discussed. This paper reports results from experimental study interviews of 45 undergraduate and graduate students on time perception in the conducting of Web searches. In many cases, the results indicate that at the beginning of their searching activity, students in this study do not explicitly consider temporal issues. However, temporal issues usually surface with the progression of time, especially when searches do not go as planned. Moreover, felt time length during Web searching could be felt subjectively. As well, some temporal issues with Web searching are entangled with other life issues, such as homework or social obligations. It is suggested herein that additional conceptual and empirical research is needed to advance knowledge on this topic.

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