Aging with Technology: Seniors and Mobile Connections

Canadian Journal of Communication

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Title Aging with Technology: Seniors and Mobile Connections
 
Creator Jacobson, Jenna
Lin, Chang Z.
McEwen, Rhonda
 
Subject Communication; Media Technologies; Information Technology; Aging
Aging; Information use environment; Mobile technologies; Seniors; Smartphones / Vieillissement; Environnement d’utilisation d’information; Technologies cellulaires; Seniors; Téléphones intelligents
 
Description This research tells a story of age, aging, and evolving with mobile technologies in a single Canadian community. Using data from 2005 and 2012, we critically analyze seniors’ use of mobile technologies by applying Taylor’s information use environment. The article seeks to understand the influence of context in studying user behaviour vis-à-vis a) device ownership, b) communication practices, and c) technology preferences. Findings suggest that while the social rhetoric of seniors as adopters of mobile technologies (i.e., silver surfers) is premature, there is evidence of seniors leapfrogging older mobile devices and acquiring smartphones—with consequential complications for catching up to widening skills gaps. We also identify a variability of experiences within this generational group suggesting that there may be an additional digital divide among seniors.Cet article porte sur l’âge, le vieillissement et l’évolution des technologies cellulaires dans une communauté canadienne spécifique. En recourant à la théorie de Taylor sur l’environnement d’utilisation d’information, nous effectuons l’ analyse critique de l’usage de technologies cellulaires par les aînés. Nous examinons le contexte influençant les comportements de ceux-ci en fonction : 1) de la possession d’appareils; 2) des pratiques communicationnelles; et 3) des préférences technologiques. Bien que la rhétorique selon laquelle les seniors sont des adeptes de technologies cellulaires soit prématurée, nos indications suggèrent que ceux-ci sont en train d’ignorer les vieux appareils cellulaires en faveur des téléphones intelligents. Nous identifions d’autre part une diversité d’expériences parmi ces aînés, ce qui nous porte à croire qu’il existe un fossé numérique entre eux.
 
Publisher Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing Press
 
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Date 2017-05-23
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
research-article
 
Format application/pdf
text/html
 
Identifier http://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/3221
10.22230/cjc.2017v42n2a3221
 
Source Canadian Journal of Communication; Vol 42, No 2 (2017): Seniors and Technology: Issues of Inclusion and Exclusion
1499-6642
0705-3657
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/3221/3345
http://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/3221/3362
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Jenna Jacobson, Chang Z. Lin, Rhonda McEwen
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/
 

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