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

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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

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Abstract

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

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