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Old Dogs, New Clicks: Digital Inequality in Internet Skills and Uses among Older Adults


Hargittai, Eszter; Dobransky, Kerry (2017). Old Dogs, New Clicks: Digital Inequality in Internet Skills and Uses among Older Adults. Canadian Journal of Communication, 42(2):195-212.

Abstract

Research on digital inequality tends to collapse people above a certain age into one “older adults” category, seemingly assuming that this is one homogeneous group when it comes to internet uses. Drawing on national survey data of adults in the United States, this article examines the online skills and behaviour of this group. Findings reveal diversity among older adults in internet skills and uses. Those with higher education and higher income have higher-level Web-use skills. While those of higher socioeconomic status are also more likely to use the internet for diverse types of activities from which they may benefit, once Controlling for skills, these differences are less pronounced.

Abstract

Research on digital inequality tends to collapse people above a certain age into one “older adults” category, seemingly assuming that this is one homogeneous group when it comes to internet uses. Drawing on national survey data of adults in the United States, this article examines the online skills and behaviour of this group. Findings reveal diversity among older adults in internet skills and uses. Those with higher education and higher income have higher-level Web-use skills. While those of higher socioeconomic status are also more likely to use the internet for diverse types of activities from which they may benefit, once Controlling for skills, these differences are less pronounced.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Uncontrolled Keywords:Digital divide, Digital inequality, Digital literacy, Internet skills, Older adults
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:09 Feb 2018 11:50
Last Modified:29 Jun 2018 07:22
Publisher:Canadian Journal of Communication
ISSN:1499-6642
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc2017v42n2a3176

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