Patterns of ICT Use among “Senior Technology Experts”: The Role of Demographic Variables, Subjective Beliefs and Attitudes

  • Michael DohEmail author
  • Laura I. Schmidt
  • Florian Herbolsheimer
  • Mario Jokisch
  • Hans-Werner Wahl
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9193)


Information and communication technologies (ICT) play a substantial role for enhancing participation and autonomy in old age. In Germany, as in most modern industrialized societies, huge diffusion gaps between younger and older age groups exist regarding the use of the internet and ICT devices. Very few studies address the differential role of older “frontrunners” in terms of modern ICT. In this project, we address patterns of ICT use and competence beliefs among “senior technology experts” (N = 108; aged 51–81, M = 68.37), who took part in a German initiative to help older novice users with ICT, and explore the associations with psychological constructs such as self-efficacy and obsolescence. Findings suggest a strong relationship of two self-efficacy measures and perceived obsolescence with usage patterns and competence ratings. Insights on usage patterns, perceived competence and associations with psychological constructs are discussed, as they may help improve the understanding of early technology adopters among older adults with implications for research and practice.


Technology Use Diffusion Self-efficacy Obsolescence Aging 



This ongoing research is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). For providing media data we thank TNS Deutschland GmbH, and the ARD-Werbung SALES & SERVICES GmbH. We thank the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDI/VDE) for valuable comments in earlier stages of the project FUTA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Doh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Laura I. Schmidt
    • 1
  • Florian Herbolsheimer
    • 1
  • Mario Jokisch
    • 1
  • Hans-Werner Wahl
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychological Aging Research, Institute of PsychologyHeidelberg UniversityHeidelbergGermany

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