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Aging in the Digital Age: Conceptualizing Technology Adoption and Digital Inequalities

  • Jessica FrancisEmail author
  • Christopher Ball
  • Travis Kadylak
  • Shelia R. Cotten
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Abstract

In this chapter, we synthesize prior empirical research focused on digital inequalities among older adults. We highlight studies that detail both antecedents and consequences of the digital divide. We also discuss popular theories and models such as the theory of reasoned action, the technology adoption model, and the senior technology adoption model, which have served as the foundation for understanding technology adoption and use among older adults. Despite the prevalence of digital inequalities among older adults, our review points to findings that suggest that when older adults adopt and use information and communication technologies (ICTs) they can experience enhanced quality of life. We conclude this chapter by discussing directions for future research.

Keywords

Aging Older adults Digital divide Digital inequality Technology Information and communication technologies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica Francis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christopher Ball
    • 1
  • Travis Kadylak
    • 1
  • Shelia R. Cotten
    • 1
  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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