A paper titled ““Your Home Screen is Worth a Thousand Words”: Investigating the Prevalence of Smartphone Apps among Refugees in Germany” has been accepted at the twenty-fifth annual Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2019) to be held in August, 2019, in Cancun, Mexico.
Inspired by increasing IS research on refugees’ ICT use, this study contributes to a better understanding of which smartphone applications (apps) are common among refugees in Germany compared to immigrants and Germans. In relying on the heuristic that most frequently used apps are present on the home screen, we designed a descriptive study to gain initial insights. We analyzed the smartphone home screens of a sample composed of 101 refugees, 107 Germans, and 72 immigrants living in Germany. Out of the 280 home screens in our sample, we decoded 6,249 apps that we analyzed along four dimensions: app frequency and assigned category, participants’ genders, and participants’ age group. Our results show which apps and app categories are most prevalent on the home screens of refugee smartphones. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to open the ‘black box’ of refugees’ adoption of smartphone apps and offers practical knowledge for mobile industry stakeholders, NGOs, and governments.
AbuJarour, S., Bergert, C., Gundlach, J., Köster, A., Krasnova, H. (2019) “”Your Home Screen is Worth a Thousand Words”: Investigating the Prevalence of Smartphone Apps among Refugees in Germany.” 25th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS), Cancun, 2019.