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Keeping in Touch: Mobile Apps Use by Older Adults

  • Dalit Levy
  • Elena Simonovsky
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10926)

Abstract

The presentation is based on a qualitative research that followed the process of adjustment to tablet computers by males and females aged 65+. The purpose of the study was to characterize the lifestyle of the population commonly called “the Third Age” regarding the use of touch-screen technology. From the analysis of the data accumulated through ethnographic observations in the homes of the participants and through in-depth interviews with them, a multilayered model emerged, including four dimensions relevant to living with a tablet at the third age: Activity, Learning, Independence, and Barriers. This led to proposing a new model of aging which combines extensive use of devices with integrated touch-screen technology, referred to as “Aging Model 2.0”. The research suggests that the use of advanced technology may contribute to a new representation of older adults in society, which, in turn, may lead us to reevaluate our relationship with our parents and grandparents.

Keywords

Assistive technologies Touch-screen technologies Web 2.0 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zefat Academic CollegeZefatIsrael
  2. 2.Kibbutzim College of EducationTel AvivIsrael

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