Part I: Practice Stepping Out into the Fluidity of Interaction

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In this first part of this book, entitled “Practice,” the contributing authors enable

us to step out into the world and get a grasp of what is currently going on out there.

In this part of the book we are provided with some good examples of how this new

Interaction Society is evolving and how we can see signs of this everywhere in

our everyday lives. The chapters cover, e.g., empirical studies of email and

Internet use, studies of edutainment games as interactive environments, and

empirical studies aimed at identifying implications for mobile information and

communication technology.

Overall, it is already noticeable how this technology both shapes the ways in

which we interact with each other, as well as opens up new ways for us to start

to interact. While the telephone is one such old technology that has had influence

on our communicative behaviors for several decades now, we can start to see how

online Internet communication becomes adopted and how it leads to new communicative

behaviors. Finally, what kind of new behaviors will emerge from interacting

with edutainment games and interaction with and via mobile ad-hoc networks

is still an open question. What we do know is that there is a constant interaction

stream out there that is ongoing, highly multithreaded, dynamic and heterogeneous.

With this in mind, the following chapters enable us to tap into this fluidity

of interactions even further and, in doing so, we can get some new insights about

us as human beings and how we function as individuals, social beings and group

members in this new kind of computer-supported world.