Laptops for a Digital Lifestyle: The Role of Ubiquitous Mobile Technology in Supporting the Needs of Millennial Students

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


The Centre for Continuing Education, The University of Auckland


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences


School of Communications and Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications




McMahon, M. T., & Pospisil, R. (2005). Laptops for a digital lifestyle: The role of ubiquitous mobile technology in supporting the needs of millennial students. Proceedings of Educause Australasia Conference 2005. Auckland, New Zealand. The Centre for Continuing Education, The University of Auckland. Conference website available here.


This paper describes the outcomes of a ubiquitous computing project exploring how students use mobile laptop technologies as part of their work, study and social lives at a Western Australian university. The project explored patterns of use of the laptops throughout a semester with a group of undergraduate students to ascertain the extent to which these students integrate laptops into their lives. The purpose was to depict the 'digital lifestyle' afforded by the technologies and how this impacts on students' values and attitudes, their level of digital literacy, and approach to their studies.