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THE PROACTIVE AGED: NEW PLAYERS IN THE WEB WORLD

Kahana, Eva and Kahana, Boaz and Lovegreen, Loren and Cronin, Cory and Plaff, Holger (2011) THE PROACTIVE AGED: NEW PLAYERS IN THE WEB WORLD. pp. 1-2. In: Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11, June 14-17 2011, Koblenz, Germany.

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Abstract

This paper offers a comprehensive framework for understanding factors that explain rapidly increasing use of the World Wide Web by very old persons. Five "engines" are discussed as promoting technology use in general and Web use in particular in late life. These include: environmental presses, convenience and compensatory functions, intergenerational bridging functions, leisure and entertainment functions and facilitation of health maintenance. We provide illustrative data about technology and Web use from our long-term longitudinal studies of successful aging among community dwelling elders in four distinct urban communities in the US. Our findings point to elders as increasingly relying on Web-based communication and information retrieval as well as the important social value of Web use for this population.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Web Science Comments:WebSci Conference 2011
Subjects:WS5 Psychology > WS51 Social Attitudes
WSB Socio-cultural > WSB1 Values, attitudes and lifestyles - fast trends
Web Science Events > Web Science 2011
ID Code:480
Deposited By: Lisa Sugiura
Deposited On:07 Jun 2011 16:41
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 17:07

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