Problematizing the Digital Literacy Paradox in the Context of Older Adults’ ICT Use: Aging, Media Discourse, and Self-Determination

Canadian Journal of Communication

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Title Problematizing the Digital Literacy Paradox in the Context of Older Adults’ ICT Use: Aging, Media Discourse, and Self-Determination
 
Creator Schreurs, Kathleen
Quan-Haase, Anabel
Martin, Kim
 
Subject Information Technology; Library and Information Science; Digital Humanities
Seniors; older adults; digital literacy; Internet Communication Technology;
 
Description Current media discourse suggests that seniors lag behind in terms of engagement with digital technology. Through a survey and interviews with seniors we investigate how this population views their own digital skills, barriers to digital literacy, and who supports them in gaining literacy. Seniors recognize their age as a factor in the adoption of technology and they note differences between how they and younger generations use technology. Lack of skills and sometimes-limited support make it difficult for seniors to gain experience and comfort with technology. However, support systems such as family and peers can help mediate senior’s experiences with technology. The Seniors Digital Literacy Paradox is proposed as a model for understanding the needs of seniors in gaining digital literacy.
 
Publisher Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing Press
 
Contributor Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
 
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/3130
10.22230/cjc.2017v42n2a3130
 
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/3130/3364
http://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/article/view/3130/3363
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2017 Kathleen Schreurs, Anabel Quan-Haase, Kim Martin
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/
 

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