Detecting multitasking work and negative routines from computer logs

Hirofumi Kaburagi*, Simona Vasilache, Jiro Tanaka

*Corresponding author for this work

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Multitasking on digital media has a negative effect on mental health and concentration. At the same time, the negative effects of computer usage are not immediately obvious to most people. We suggest that people can improve their daily experience on the computer if they pay closer attention to their multitasking activities. To this end, we have constructed a system that detects multitasking work and periodic negative multitasking routines from computer logs. We created two indicators: relax rate and multitasking rate. The relax rate is defined on the basis of heart rate variability information and the multitasking rate is derived from how often users switch their computer windows. We analyze whether users’ multitasking is negative or not and whether or not negative multitasking is part of a periodic routine. We logged the computer activities and heart rate data of one participant for six days.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Interface and the Management of Information: Applications and Services - 18th International Conference, HCI International 2016, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319403960
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 2016 Jul 172016 Jul 22

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


Other18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016


  • Activity tracking
  • Computer log
  • Digital lifestyle
  • Human factors
  • Lifelog
  • Multitasking
  • Stress
  • Time management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science


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