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A review of Internet use among older adults


Hunsaker, Amanda; Hargittai, Eszter (2018). A review of Internet use among older adults. New Media & Society, 20(10):3937-3954.

Abstract

As the world population ages and older adults comprise a growing proportion of current and potential Internet users, understanding the state of Internet use among older adults as well as the ways their use has evolved may clarify how best to support digital media use within this population. This article synthesizes the quantitative literature on Internet use among older adults, including trends in access, skills, and types of use, while exploring social inequalities in relation to each domain. We also review work on the relationship between health and Internet use, particularly relevant for older adults. We close with specific recommendations for future work, including a call for studies better representing the diversity of older adulthood and greater standardization of question design.

Abstract

As the world population ages and older adults comprise a growing proportion of current and potential Internet users, understanding the state of Internet use among older adults as well as the ways their use has evolved may clarify how best to support digital media use within this population. This article synthesizes the quantitative literature on Internet use among older adults, including trends in access, skills, and types of use, while exploring social inequalities in relation to each domain. We also review work on the relationship between health and Internet use, particularly relevant for older adults. We close with specific recommendations for future work, including a call for studies better representing the diversity of older adulthood and greater standardization of question design.

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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 inequality, digital divide, Internet skills, Internet use, older adults, surveys
Language:English
Date:16 July 2018
Deposited On:22 Feb 2019 16:09
Last Modified:22 Feb 2019 16:15
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:1461-4448
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444818787348

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