Ease-of-Use of Tactile Interaction for Novice Older Adults

  • Lilian Genaro MottiEmail author
  • Nadine Vigouroux
  • Philippe Gorce
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9193)


Usability, particularly ease-of-use, is a main factor affecting the acceptance of technologies by older adults. Mobile devices offer great possibilities for well-being applications, but they are often equipped with touchscreen. In order to evaluate the ease-of-use of tactile interaction, this study compares the performances of 16 novice (mean age 74) and 8 experienced older adults (mean 75) during the execution of drag-and-drop interaction for achieving tactile puzzle games on smartphone and tablet, with pen and fingers. Results show that novice users were able accomplish interaction accurately with longer times but no significant difference of errors of accuracy.


Human-computer interaction Interaction techniques Older adults Touchscreen Drag-and-drop Errors of accuracy Ease-of-use Usability 



Phd Scholarship Ciência sem fronteiras, CNPQ, Brazil (#237079/2012-7). We kindly thank all the participants and the seniors associations in Toulouse, France, that helped us during the recruitment phase.


  1. 1.
    Barnard, Y., Bradley, M.D., Hodgson, F., Lloyd, A.D.: Learning to use new technologies by older adults: Perceived difficulties, experimentation behaviour and usability. Comput. Human Behav. 29, 1715–1724 (2013)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Gombault, V.: L’internet de plus en plus prisé, l’internaute de plus en plus mobile. INSEE Première, 1452 (2013)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Seybert, H.: Internet use in households and by individuals in 2012. Eurostat Stat. Focus - Eurpoean Comm. 8 (2012) Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Lee, C., Coughlin, J.F.: Older adults’ adoption of technology: an integrated approach to identifying determinants and barriers. J. Prod. Innov. Manag (2014)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Renaud, K., Van Biljon, J.: Predicting technology acceptance and adoption by the elderly: a qualitative study. In: Proceedings of the ACM SAICSIT 2008, pp. 210–219. ACM, Wilderness (2008)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Leonard, V.K., Jacko, J.A., Pizzimenti, J.J.: An exploratory investigation of handheld computer interaction for older adults with visual impairments. In: Proceedings of the 7th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computer and Accessibility – ASSETS2005, pp. 12–19 (2005)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Peek, S.T.M., Wouters, E.J.M., van Hoof, J., Luijkx, K.G., Boeije, H.R., Vrijhoef, H.J.M.: Factors influencing acceptance of technology for aging in place: a systematic review. Int. J. Med. Inform. 83, 235–248 (2014)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Östlund, B.: The deconstruction of a targetgroup for IT-innovations: elderly users’ technological needs and attitudes towards new IT. In: Avastson, G. (ed.) I-Users and Producers in an Evolving SocioculturalContext, International Workshop Report, pp. 84–100. Uppsala University, Norberg (2002)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Gudur, R.R., Blackler, A., Popovic, V., Mahar, D.: Ageing, technology anxiety and intuitive use of complex interfaces. In: Kotzé, P., Marsden, G., Lindgaard, G., Wesson, J., Winckler, M. (eds.) INTERACT 2013, Part III. LNCS, vol. 8119, pp. 564–581. Springer, Heidelberg (2013)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Caprani, N., O’Connor, N., Gurrin, C.: Touch screens for the older user. In: Fernando, A., Cheein, A. (eds.) Assistive Technologies, pp. 95–118. InTech, Rijeka (2012)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Findlater, L., Froehlich, J.E., Fattal, K., Wobbrock, J.O., Dastyar, T.: Age-related differences in performance with touchscreens compared to traditional mouse input. In: ACM CHI 2013, pp. 343–346 (2013)Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Mallenius, S., Rossi, M., Tuunainen, V.: Factors affecting the adoption and use of mobile devices and services by elderly people–results from a pilot study. In: 6th Annual Global Mobility Roundtable (2007)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Hourcade, J.P., Berkel, T.: Tap or touch?: pen-based selection accuracy for the young and old. In: ACM CHI 2006, pp. 881–886 (2006)Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Motti, L.G., Vigouroux, N., Gorce, P.: Drag-and-drop for older adults using touchscreen devices: effects of screen sizes and interaction techniques on accuracy. In: Proceedings of the 26th Conference on l’Interaction Homme-Machine, pp. 139–146, Lille, France (2014)Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Kobayashi, M., Hiyama, A., Miura, T., Asakawa, C., Hirose, M., Ifukube, T.: Elderly user evaluation of mobile touchscreen interactions. In: Campos, P., Graham, N., Jorge, J., Nunes, N., Palanque, P., Winckler, M. (eds.) INTERACT 2011, Part I. LNCS, vol. 6946, pp. 83–99. Springer, Heidelberg (2011)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    Wacharamanotham, C.: Evaluating swabbing: a touchscreen input method for elderly users with tremor. In: Proceedings ACM CHI 2011, pp. 623–626 (2011)Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Mertens, A., Jochems, N.: Design pattern TRABING: touchscreen-based input technique for people affected by intention tremor. In: ACM SIGCHI EICS, pp. 267–272 (2010)Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Vigouroux, N., Rumeau, P., Vella, F., Vellas, B.: Studying point-select-drag interaction techniques for older people with cognitive impairment. In: Stephanidis, C. (ed.) Universal Access in HCI, Part I, HCII 2009. LNCS, vol. 5614, pp. 422–428. Springer, Heidelberg (2009)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. 19.
    Genaro Motti, L., Vigouroux, N., Gorce, P.: Design of a social game for older users using touchscreen devices and observations from an exploratory study. In: Stephanidis, C., Antona, M. (eds.) UAHCI 2014, Part III. LNCS, vol. 8515, pp. 69–78. Springer, Heidelberg (2014)Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Stößel, C., Wandke, H., Blessing, L.: Gestural interfaces for elderly users: help or hindrance? In: Kopp, S., Wachsmuth, I. (eds.) GW 2009. LNCS, vol. 5934, pp. 269–280. Springer, Heidelberg (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. 21.
    Moffatt, K., McGrenere, J.: Slipping and drifting: using older users to uncover pen-based target acquisition difficulties. In: Proceedings of the 9th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility – ASSETS 2007, pp. 11–18, October 15–17. Tempe, Arizona (2007)Google Scholar
  22. 22.
    Conci, M., Pianesi, F., Zancanaro, M.: Useful, social and enjoyable: mobile phone adoption by older people. In: Gross, T., Gulliksen, J., Kotzé, P., Oestreicher, L., Palanque, P., Prates, R.O., Winckler, M. (eds.) INTERACT 2009. LNCS, vol. 5726, pp. 63–76. Springer, Heidelberg (2009)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lilian Genaro Motti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nadine Vigouroux
    • 1
  • Philippe Gorce
    • 2
  1. 1.UPS, IRITUniversity of ToulouseToulouseFrance
  2. 2.HandiBioUniversity of ToulonToulonFrance

Personalised recommendations