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Social Support and “Playing Around”: An Examination of How Older Adults Acquire Digital Literacy With Tablet Computers

Sprache: EN

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This study examines how older adults learn to use tablet computers. Learning to use new technologies can help older adults to be included in today’s digital society. However, learning to use new technologies is not always easy, especially for older adults. This study focuses on how older adults learn to use a specific technology, tablet computers, and the role that social support plays in this process. Data for this project are from 21 in-depth interviews with individuals who own tablet computers. We examine how older adults engage with tablet devices and increase their digital literacy. The findings suggest that, for older adults to start to use tablets, social support plays an important role. In addition, a key way that many participants report gaining expertise with the technology is through “playing around” with the tablets. Suggestions for how to help older adults learn to use new technologies are detailed

Autor(en) der Ressource: 
Hsin-yi Sandy Tsai, Ruth Shillair, and Shelia R. Cotten
Datum der Veröffentlichung:
Dienstag, 11 Juli, 2017
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