Over Seventies' Perceptions of the Usefulness and Usability of Popular Technologies

James Nicholas
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Information Technology, Education and Society, 2013, 14 (1), pp. 61 - 80
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Older people are often perceived to place limited value in the mastery of popular technologies (such as mobile phones, digital cameras, the Internet, and mp3 players). This paper questions such assumptions and explores the experiences ofthose aged 70 plus years actively using a range ofpopular technologies. The research reports the influences on participants'learning to use technology. Findings are overwhelming positive with participants appreciating the importance of popular technologies to engage in social and leisure activities, communicate with family and friends and remain engaged with society. Participants also report the value oflearning to use new technologies for their own satisfaction and sense of achievement.
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