Technology use in everyday life: Implications for designing for older users
Caprani, Niamh and Doyle, Julie and O'Grady, Michael and Gurrin, Cathal and O'Connor, Noel E. and Caulfield, Brian and O'Hare, Gregory M.P. (2012) Technology use in everyday life: Implications for designing for older users. In: iHCI 2012: 6th Annual Irish Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Conference , 20-21 June 2012, Galway, Ireland. (In Press)
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This study examines the experience and attitudes of older adults towards technology and how they compare with younger age groups. Two hundred and thirty seven participants completed an extensive questionnaire exploring their daily lifestyle, use of technology, attitudes towards technology, and perceived difficulty of household devices. The main findings from the study were; (1) there was a strong motivation to learn or to continue learning to use computers by the older group; (2) social connectedness influenced how the older group used or would like to use technology and also why some preferred not to use it; and finally (3) there was an age-related increase in perceived difficulty for many household devices, however some devices maintained intergenerational usability. These finding can be used to inform the design of future intergenerational household technologies.
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