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Maintaining Connections: Octo- and Nonagenarians on Digital ‘Use and Non-use’
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal.
Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal.
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2017 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, E-ISSN 2001-5119, Vol. 38, no Special Issue 1, p. 39-51Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The concepts of user and non-user are frequently deployed within media and communica-tions literature. What do these terms mean if examined regarding age and ageing? In this article we explore and trouble these notions through an analysis of twenty-two conversa-tions with a group of octogenarians and nonagenarians living in a retirement home. Their descriptions of their changing uses of media througout lifetime, and their encounters with mobile phones, computers, newspapers, television, radio and landline phones, are presented as a set of ‘techno-biographies’ that challenge binary divisions of use and non-use, linear notions of media adoption, and add texture to the idea of ‘the fourth age’ as a time of life bereft of decisional power. Speaking with octogenarians and nonagenarians provides in-sights into media desires, needs and uses, and opens up ‘non-use’ as a complex, variegated activity, rather than a state of complete inaction or disinterest.

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Göteborg, 2017. Vol. 38, no Special Issue 1, p. 39-51
Keywords [en]
ageing, octo- & nonagenarian, digital communication media, use, non-use
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Elderly people; Media
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URN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-5086DOI: 10.1515/nor-2017-0396.OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-5086DiVA, id: diva2:1169426
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