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How older people account for their experiences with interactive technology.

  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

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    30 June 2007

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Taylor and Francis

  • DOI:

    10.1080/01449290601173499

  • ISSN:

    0144-929X

Citation

Turner, P., Turner, S. & Van de Walle, G. (2007). How older people account for their experiences with interactive technology. Behaviour and Information Technology. 26, 287-296. doi:10.1080/01449290601173499. ISSN 0144-929X

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Keywords

causal explanations; internet; learned helplessness; older adults;

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