Design and Development a Social Networks Platform for Older People

  • Chien-Lung Hsu
  • Kevin C. Tseng
  • Chin-Lung Tseng
  • Boo-Chen Liu
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6766)


According to the previous clinical studies, the social contact will be influenced on the life quality and health of elders. Hence, in health care for elders, how to maintain their social relationship is of primary importance. Recently, Morris proposed a conceptual model to address social isolations in a way similar to social index which can assist the elders to perceive and maintain their own social network with others whom have been previously strong ties. However, we found some drawbacks in Morris’s study in display, function, cost, etc; therefore we proposed a novel social network platform attempting to display one personal social situation by using the simply behavioral feedback from the members in his/her social network. This platform includes the following properties: Addressing different information literacy and culture gap between two generations by integrating existing communication and VOIP (Voice over IP) application software into our platform, Allowing both online and offline communication, Displaying social feedback in the users’ screen directly. Finally, in our study, we will adopt the TAM (Technology Acceptance Model) to validate the user’s acceptance in using our developed platform.


Elders social engagement social networks information literacy culture gap on communication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chien-Lung Hsu
    • 1
  • Kevin C. Tseng
    • 2
  • Chin-Lung Tseng
    • 1
  • Boo-Chen Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Information ManagementChang Gung UniversityTaoYuanTaiwan, Republic of China
  2. 2.Product Design and Development LabChang Gung UniversityTaoYuanTaiwan, Republic of China

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