Age Differences in Technophobia: An Irish Study



This study examined levels of technophobia in a sample of 150 older adults who are members of active retired associations in Ireland and 291 undergraduate students. Technophobia was assessed using Rosen and Weil's Measuring Technophobia Instruments, which determine anxiety, cognitions and attitudes towards computer technology. Technophobia levels were tested for differences between (1) the older adults and students, and (2) the genders. A significant difference in levels of technophobia was found between the two groups, with older adults having higher levels of technophobia than do students. Some gender differences were also evident in the study, with older women showing higher levels of anxiety and technophobia than do the female students.


Gender Difference Male Student Computer Experience Computer User Demographic Questionnaire 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Business Information Systems GroupCairnes Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, National University of IrelandIreland

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