The Affective Consequences of Technological Change for Older Persons

  • Johannes J. F. Schroots
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 24)


A paradox of our modern technological society is that more and more technological products and goods are being produced, while at the same time some crucial emotional ingredients of life are missing or fading away. Traditionally, religion has played an important role in people’s lives. However, the secularization of society together with dramatic technological changes has caused not only a kind of emptiness in human existence, but also an increasing need for affection and emotional relationships (cf. Wagar, 1971). Somehow, modern western society does not seem to meet these affective demands adequately.


Life Satisfaction Technological Change Average Life Expectancy Subjective Time Affective Consequence 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Johannes J. F. Schroots
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  1. 1.Netherlands Institute for Preventive Health Care — TNOLeydenThe Netherlands

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