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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 and Caulfield, Brian and O'Hare, Gregory (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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Abstract

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.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Older adults; technology; lifestyle
Subjects:Computer Science > Interactive computer systems
Computer Science > Computer software
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Electronic Engineering
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Research Initiatives and Centres > CLARITY: The Centre for Sensor Web Technologies
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:17097
Deposited On:26 Jun 2012 11:31 by Niamh Caprani. Last Modified 20 Oct 2014 15:48

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