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Ökar surfplattor afatikers digitala delaktighet?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In today’s society more and more activities are digitalized. This means that everyone has to be able to use information and communication tools (ICT) in order to take part in the digital world, otherwise they will be left out of the digital community. There is a so called digital gap between for instance elderly and young people, where elderly do not know how to use the tools and there for cannot gain access to the digital society. What happens when people, not only grow old, but also have a communication disorder, such as aphasia? How are they included? The purpose of this study is to investigate whether or not surf pads are good tools for bridging the digital gap for people with aphasia, and which activities and situations that encourages people with aphasia to work with the surf pad. This has been investigated by conducting a qualitative study where ten people with aphasia who owns a surf pad have been interviewed. Also one person who has aphasia but does not want a surf pad has been a part of this study. The interviews have been complemented with a participating observation that has been conducted over a period of one year. The study shows that the surf pad might be a good tool to bridge the digital gap, even though the participants in this study do not think that they have gotten more social by using surf pads. It shows that it takes more than just handing out the tool. It needs support and motivation in order to learn how to use it. Finally, and maybe the most important finding is that it is about a lack of confidence, both in the tool but also in one self that is the biggest indicator for wanting to learn and daring to do so.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 43 p.
Informatik Student Paper Bachelor (INFSPB), SPB 2013.03
Keyword [sv]
Afasi, surfplattor
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-73219OAI: diva2:630387
Educational program
Programme in Behavioural Analysis of IT-Environments
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-06-19 Created: 2013-06-18 Last updated: 2013-06-19Bibliographically approved

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