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Turning it off: emotions in digital-free travel

Turning it off: emotions in digital-free travel

Cai, Wenjie ORCID: 0000-0002-1505-7240, McKenna, Brad and Waizenegger, Lena (2019) Turning it off: emotions in digital-free travel. Journal of Travel Research, 59 (5). pp. 909-927. ISSN 0047-2875 (Print), 1552-6763 (Online) (doi:

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This article aims to theorize digitally disconnected travel experiences by investigating various emotional responses during the process of withdrawal and regain of technological affordances. The theoretical concepts of affordance and emotional episodes were adopted in this study to create a conceptual framework. Fifteen diaries and 18 interviews were collected from 23 participants’ reflections of their disconnected experiences. This study thus contributes a contextual update of the emotional episode theory by providing a detailed account of various emotions in the entire disconnecting/reconnecting travel experience. Also, this study contributes to the affordance literature by exploring the fluidity of technology affordances and environmental affordances. This paper develops the Disconnected Emotions Model (DEM), a theoretical framework to provide an understanding of the changing relationship between human emotions and material affordances.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital-free travel, affordances, emotions, technology usage patterns, disconnected emotions model
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business > Tourism Research Centre
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2020 12:51

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