Access and Use of ICTs Among the Italian Young Elderly: A Field Study

  • Fausto Colombo
  • Simone CarloEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9193)


Our research aims to investigate the relationship between the young elderly (65–74 years old) and use of technologies [1], and to explore active ageing and the role played by media and ICTs in building a friendly and positively domestic environment for the elderly in their everyday life [2]. Hence the use of ICTs by the elderly takes into account two different perspectives: (1) Generational approach: the young elderly are here considered by looking at the role played by their generational identity in shaping their media use [3]. (2) Domestication and Leisure: Media consumption is spatially and temporally located and media uses and routines are shared within the household and are enabled by processes of domestication [4]. The project is based on an theoretical study about ageing, a preliminary survey with a representative sample of the Italian “young elderlies” regarding ICTs equipment and usage (N = 900), (3) 20 family in-depth interviews in Milan area.


Elderly ICTs Active ageing Domestication Generations 


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  1. 1.Università Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanItaly

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