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Older Adults as Internet Content Producers: Motivations for Blogging in Later Life

  • Montserrat CeldránEmail author
  • Rodrigo Serrat
  • Feliciano Villar
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Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)

Abstract

It is important to promote the use of Internet among older adults as it could help prevent isolation in later life and facilitates personal growth. However, older adults are usually depicted as mere consumers of Internet content rather than producers. This chapter presents data from a study on the motivations that lead older adults to write a blog. A thematic analysis of motivation was conducted via semi-structured interviews of 16 older Spanish adults who were at least 60 years old and had an active blog at the time of the study. The main motivations found in older adults were self-focused and external. The results are compared with data from previous research, and ways are suggested to give voice to older adults through the information and communication technologies.

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Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Competitiveness, with grant ref. PSI2016-77864-R. Rodrigo Serrat was supported by a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Barcelona, in collaboration with the Caixa Bank Foundation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Montserrat Celdrán
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rodrigo Serrat
    • 1
  • Feliciano Villar
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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