Connected Homes


Smart technologies, AI and speedy internet connections. During the last years there has been a widespread promotion of various internet connected devices aimed for people’s homes. Devices and systems are supposed to afford comfort, convenience and entertainment. It can be lighting systems, smart speakers or kitchen equipment. Some of these new domestic technologies are based on voice-controlled home assistants, like Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa. 
 
Do you use so called “smart devices” at home, or maybe other things connected to the internet? How do you experience everyday life with digital things?
 
This questionnaire is part of an ethnological research project called ”Connected Homes and Distant Infrastructures”. The project is financed by the Swedish Research Council and is led by Senior Lecturer and researcher Robert Willim at Lund University. In the project he explores how domestic worlds and everyday routines are connected to ever more complex infrastructures.

The questionnaire is divided into 7 short themes. Under every theme there are a number of questions. You can answer the ones you like, or you can tell personal stories inspired by the questions.

We are very curious to know about your thoughts and your experiences when it comes to uses of internet-connected things. Your answers will be anonymous and they will be archived in the Folklife Archive at Lund University.

Robert Willim, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University. 
robert.willim@kultur.lu.se

Gabi Louisedotter, the Folklife Archives in Lund.
gabi.louisedotter@folklivsarkivet.lu.se

Everyday Life

Tell us when and how you use something digital at home.

Which devices are connected to internet? It could be via wired or mobile connections.

Do you have some electronic things or equipment at home that you do not use? What are your plans for it?

Battery Time

If you have some devices with rechargeable batteries, how do you use them?

How do you charge these?

Have your uses of battery driven things changed over time?

Memories

Tell us about the first computer you used in a domestic setting (if you have a computer at home).

Tell us about your first memories of using internet.

Infrastructure

Tell us about some situation when the technology didn´t work as you expected.

What do you do when you lose your internet connection, e.g. when a wired connection is down, or you don’t have your mobile phone at hand?

What are your thoughts about the technologies outside your home that are required to make digital services work?

Interfaces

What do electronic screens mean for your domestic everyday life?

How do you use screens?

What do you think about voice-controlled equipment, e.g.” smart speakers”?

Trust

What are your thoughts about security and privacy when it comes to internet-connected things?

Which risks and opportunities do you envision, when it comes to technologies like alert systems, microphones and cameras in people’s homes and in internet-connected devices?

What do you think about all the passwords, which are required to get access to more and more services and devices?

Stories

Can you tell us about some situation when you have been fascinated by the technology in your everyday life?

Tell us some story about digital technology that you have heard from your acquaintances and that you thought was special.

Background information

I live in (country)
Year of Birth

How many persons are you in your household?

Archiving

I agree to my answer being archived at the Folklife Archives at Lund University and that my answer may be used in research context.
 

The Folklife Archives was founded in 1913 and is a part of Lund University. The Archives has a close connection to education and research at the university. Directives have been sent out on a regular basis since 1932. Replies to a used by public, students and researchers.

To reply to a directive is voluntary and your answer may be used in research context. Personal data is treated with care so that they cannot be linked to any individual. In the event that names and personal data appear, they are anonymized in any publications. Welcome to contact the archives if you have questions.

Data controller is Lund University. The data protection officer at Lund University can be reached at the following address; Paradisgatan 5 B, Lund, phone +46 46 222 09 85.


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