SCS Undergraduate Thesis Topics
|Jing Jin||Laura Dabbish||Are You Your Own Worst Enemy? Self-Interruption on the Computer|
Although much research has been conducted on the disruptive effects of external interruptions during task execution, few have studied why we interrupt ourselves - i.e. interruptions occurring without any active outside influence, or self-interruption. This work is aimed at understanding the causes and effects of self-interruption to inform the design of productivity enhancing end-user feedback. The causes and effects of self-interruption were assessed through a set of user studies and, based on the results, a feedback mechanism is proposed that should reduce the harmful effects of self-interruption.