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Older People Positive, Active and Creative ICT Use: A Study in Three Countries

  • Susan M. FerreiraEmail author
  • Sergio Sayago
  • Josep Blat
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Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)

Abstract

Within Human-Computer Interaction, older people (60+) are often characterized as a heterogeneous group of consumers of digital content that use ICTs in a limited way due to age-related changes in functional abilities. By drawing on an ethnographical study of ICTs use by approximately 220 older people over a 5-year period in Spain and on two rapid ethnographical studies, in Denmark and Brazil, with around 180 older people, this chapter presents an alternative view of ICTs use by older people. We argue that characterizing older people as a heterogeneous group of consumers of digital content with a set of weaknesses/limitations is not enough to understand their relationship with ICTs. This study portrays older people as creative, active and with a positive relationship with ICTs. In addition to their interest in accessing information online, the results show older people as active digital content creators. The study in Spain reveals older people as active, creative makers of digital videos with contemporary technologies. This chapter focuses on older people access, creation, and sharing of digital content, discussing their similarities and showing an active and positive use of technology. The results indicate that older people ICTs use is not so heterogeneous as one might think. The use of ICTs for communication, the concern with privacy and the interest for multimedia content stood out among the participants in the different settings.

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Acknowledgements

We thank all the participants, volunteers and members of the staff of Àgora, Caso do Idoso, Borger and FoF for their participation in our research

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Télé-Université Du QuébecQuébecCanada
  2. 2.Universitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Universitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain

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