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How older people account for their experiences with interactive technology.

Turner, Phil, Turner, Susan and Van de Walle, Guy (2007) How older people account for their experiences with interactive technology. Behaviour and Information Technology, 26 (4). pp. 287-296. ISSN 0144-929X

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We present a qualitative study, undertaken over a period of nine months, of older people facing the challenges of learning to use interactive technology, specifically personal computers (PCs) and the internet. We examine the range of causal explanations (attributions) voiced by the group in accounting for their difficulties with it. A discourse analysis of these data reveals some factors (anxiety, age-related issues, being too busy to learn and the need for a purpose for the new tools) that support the work of other researchers, while other themes (issues around alienation, identity and agency) deepen understanding of this domain. The implications of the results for how we approach understanding the difficulties faced by older people in this context are discussed

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0144-929X
Uncontrolled Keywords: causal explanations; internet; learned helplessness; older adults;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 005 Computer programming, programs & data > 005.4 Systems programming and programs > 005.43 Systems programs & operating systems > 005.437 User interfaces
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 301 Sociology & anthropology
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Item ID: 3519
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2010 15:33
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2013 14:13
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/3519

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