A Qualitative Investigation on Chinese Middle-Aged People’s ICT Adoption and Use

  • Shijie SongEmail author
  • Jianjun Sun
  • Bin Geng
  • Yuxiang Zhao
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10926)


Information and communication technologies show many advantages in addressing the challengers resulted from population ageing. However, there is a ‘intergenerational gap’ of ICT adoption and use between older adults and young people and divided by middle-aged generation. This study aims at exploring middle-aged people’s ICT adoption and use to better understand the ‘generational gap’. The semi-structure interview is employed in the study. The qualitative data is analyzed from four themes, including the access to ICTs, access to ICT support, influencing factors on ICT adoption and use, and the attitudes on ICT adoption and use in the future. Based on the analyses, the theoretical and practical implications are discussed respectively.


Digital divide ICT adoption Middle-aged population Qualitative method 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shijie Song
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jianjun Sun
    • 1
  • Bin Geng
    • 1
  • Yuxiang Zhao
    • 2
  1. 1.Nanjing UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Nanjing University of Science and TechnologyNanjingChina

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