- Research seminar in Tourism
Abstract: A large part of the growing body of literature on the use of ICTs and mobile technologies in tourism has examined the adaption and embracement of mobile technologies in tourism and the impact it brings in tourism experiences, often in advocative approaches. Nevertheless, an increasing number of authors have been commenting on the disruptive character of these technologies, often contextualized in natural areas.
Current research in connectedness and disconnectedness in tourism experiences has followed rather dualistic, dichotomising approaches while very little research has looked into nature-based tourism and connectivity. In this presentation, we examine connectedness and disconnectedness in nature-based experiences as different positions in a continuum. Instead of examining mobile technology use in nature-based activities as something inherently "good" or "bad", a double-edge sword, which either advances or destructs the experience, we try to understand the different positioning that tourists can have on a continuum, which embrace both disconnection and connectivity as performative valuing acts.
Building on some preliminary findings from interviews in Fulufjället National Park, Sweden, we discuss visitors' negotiation of connectivity/disconnectedness as essentially a performative act of escapism and disconnection from daily lives.