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Opinions and use of mobile information technology among older people in Northern Finland: Preliminary results of a population based study
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2016 (English)In: Proceedings of the 2016 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, Oct 14-18, Copenhagen / [ed] Andrew Grove and Diane H. Sonnenwald and Lauren Harrison and Catherine Blake and Christian Schlögl and Isabella Peters and Barbara Endler-Jobst and Colleen Cool and Yin-Leng Theng, Silver Springs, MD: ASIS&T , 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Older peoples usage of mobile devices is increasing. This study is part of the GASEL project and seeks to increase the understanding of the use of mobile information technology and opinions towards it. Opinions are compared between genders and age groups. The population based data were collected by conducting a questionnaire survey. A random sample of 1,500 adults 65 years of age or older was obtained from the Finnish Population Register Centre. The number of respondents was 918 with a response rate of 61.2 %. About one fifth (n=169) had used a tablet computer and approximately one third (n=226) had used a mobile phone with a touch screen in the past 12 months without encountering major difficulties. The respondents had mostly thought that using the devices would not be easy. They had also thought that the usage would not be too expensive for them. Men and younger old people held more positive opinions towards these new technologies. Older people are slower in adapting and accepting new technologies and this should be taken into account when designing services, applications and content, as these technologies have the potential to enrichen the lives of this specific population group.

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Silver Springs, MD: ASIS&T , 2016.
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mobile information technology, smartphone, attitudes, aging, information society
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Information Studies Information Systems, Social aspects Sport and Fitness Sciences
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Library and Information Science; Information Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-307171OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-307171DiVA: diva2:1045560
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2016 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, Oct 14-18, Copenhagen
Available from: 2016-11-10 Created: 2016-11-10 Last updated: 2016-11-10Bibliographically approved

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