Harari, G. M., Gosling, S. D., Wang, R., & Campbell, A. T. (2015). Capturing Situational Information Using Smartphones and Mobile Sensing Methods. European Journal of Personality, 29, 509-511.
Smartphones are pervasive companions to many people as they go about their daily lives. In addition, they are equipped with a wide array of sensors making it possible to measure objective information about people and situations, many times, with great fidelity, over long periods of time, in a way that is both unobtrusive and ecologically valid. Therefore, we argue that smartphones and other forms of mobile sensing are ideally suited to measuring situations. In particular, we describe how sensing methods can be used to assess situational cues, characteristics, and classes.