PAPER ON Empty Time Intervals as A New Focal Construct PUBLISHED

The article, entitled “From Filled to Empty Time Intervals: Quantifying Online Behaviors with Digital Traces”, has been published on Communication Methods and Measures by Tai-Quan Peng , Yixin Zhou and Jonathan J. H. Zhu.

By analyzing two behavioral log files on webpage browsing and mobile application use, the study evaluates whether online behaviors characterized by empty time intervals differ from or accord with online behaviors characterized by filled time intervals. Behavioral burstiness is found to unveil behavioral patterns that are distinct from temporal duration that measures the overall length of the filled time intervals of online behaviors.

This study reveals that empty time intervals can be considered as a focal construct in media use research to unravel psychological and social factors that are related to behavioral patterns of online behaviors.