Everyday coping with technology.

Turner, Phil and Turner, Susan (2010) Everyday coping with technology. Journal of Gerontechnology. ISSN 1569-1101 (Submitted)

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We report an empirical investigation of Borgmann’s observation that people are fixed in the range of relationships they can have with technology based on their prior familiarity with it. This technological horizon might serve to constrain the kinds of technology, in any context, older people might find acceptable and usable. Our study involved people drawn from three age bands 16-25, 35-45 and 55+ years who were probed as to their first experiences of technology, their experiences of technology at work and home and their expectations of technologies in the future. In all, we found, across all age groups, limited evidence for technological horizons as relatively fixed boundaries. However we did find a growing homogeneity of experience across work, home and leisure and people coping well with the demands with new and emerging technology. People cope with technology because they are familiar with it. We argue that our everyday familiarity enables us to cope with technology and this coping is a unifying and ultimately empowering phenomenon.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1569-1101
Electronic ISSN: 1569-111X
Additional Information: In submission
Uncontrolled Keywords: Technological horizon; Borgmann; coping; homogeneity;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 384 Communications; telecommunication
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Item ID: 3835
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2010 14:59
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2014 09:59

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