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Are Two Monitors Better than One?

By J. W. Owens, J. Teves, B. Nguyen, A. Smith, & M. C. Phelps Summary. Previous studies have found that using multiple monitors increases productivity, but there are also documented drawbacks to increased monitor count and/or size. In this study

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Facebook Sharing and Caring

By Justin W. Owens Summary. In the last issue of Usability News (13.1), we explored information (link) sharing among social groups. The current study expands on these results by examining how individuals share information through social networking, specifically Facebook. Participants

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Google Chromebook in an Academic Environment: Yea or Nay?

M. C. Phelps & J. W. Owens Summary. This article looks at the effectiveness of the Google Chromebook from the perspective of five individuals from various academic backgrounds. Chromebook is an Internet-oriented notebook computer where the majority of functionality is

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Are Users Blind to Text Advertisements?

Justin W. Owens Summary. This study examined whether the phenomena of banner blindness also applies to text advertisements. Twenty-five participants completed search tasks on a mock travel website. Search targets were distributed across content and advertising regions. Results indicate that

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Patterns of Information Sharing Among Inner and Outer Social Circles

Justin W. Owens, A. D. Shaikh, & B. S. Chaparro Summary. With the proliferation of social networking applications, sharing information online has become more common for information that users encounter. This article summarizes the results of an online survey which

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