Types of Older Adults ICT Users and the Grey Divide: Attitudes Matter



Downloads per month over past year

Alonso González, David and D'Antonio Maceiras, Sergio and Díaz Catalán, Celia and Sádaba Rodríguez, Igor (2021) Types of Older Adults ICT Users and the Grey Divide: Attitudes Matter. Revista de Cercetare si Interventie Sociala, 74 . pp. 120-137. ISSN 1583-3410

[thumbnail of rcis74_08.pdf]
Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike.


Official URL: https://doi.org/10.33788/rcis74.8


In a context where the proportion of older people increases, research related to active aging and digital technologies has generated a wide debate and numerous investigations aiming to implement new public policies. Usually these are based more on “classic” gaps than on the so-called “grey divide”, which focuses on perceptions and attitudes. To capture this dimension, a questionnaire was designed on uses, learning, and ethical, motivational and attitudinal aspects. A fi eld work was carried out aimed at the population of the Autonomous Community of Madrid between 65 and 80 years old, with quotas of age and sex, with a total of 785 cases, with a sampling error of 3.5% for a p=95%. The results indicate that, given the specifi c uses made by the elderly, they are marked by the ubiquity of the cell phone, which is basically used to communicate, to alleviate loneliness and to stay active. Thus, through a cluster analysis we have been able to elaborate a typology of users according to attitudes and perceptions (grey divide) allowing us to better characterize the levels of technological adoption in a wider set of factors.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Active aging; Grey divide; Attitudes; Perceptions; Technological and digital divide
Subjects:Social sciences > Sociology
Social sciences > Sociology > Aged
Social sciences > Information science > Information technology
ID Code:71427
Deposited On:30 Mar 2022 08:28
Last Modified:30 Mar 2022 08:28

Origin of downloads

Repository Staff Only: item control page