Why study technology non-use?


  • Eric P.S. Baumer
  • Morgan G. Ames
  • Jenna Burrell
  • Jed R. Brubaker
  • Paul Dourish




This special issue provides an opportunity to rethink how we approach, study, and conceptualize human relationships with, and through, technology. The authors in this collection take a multiplicity of approaches on diverse topics to develop a rigorous theoretical understanding for non-use, setting crucial groundwork for future research.

Author Biographies

Eric P.S. Baumer

Eric P.S. Baumer is is a Research Associate in the Departments of Communication and of Information Science at Cornell University.

Morgan G. Ames

Morgan G. Ames is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing at the University of California, Irvine.

Jenna Burrell

Jenna Burrell is an Associate Professor in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jed R. Brubaker

Jed R. Brubaker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Paul Dourish

Paul Dourish is a Professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine.




How to Cite

Baumer, E. P., Ames, M. G., Burrell, J., Brubaker, J. R., & Dourish, P. (2015). Why study technology non-use?. First Monday, 20(11). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v20i11.6310