Abstract - The Information Society 33(2)


Being Old in an Always-on Culture: Older People’s Perceptions and Experiences of Online Communication

Marika Lüders and Edith Roth Gjevjon

Research on the digital divide has moved beyond connectivity to skills and usage disparities. Yet for many older people lack of connectivity remains a challenge, and for those who do have access skills and usage remains an issue. We report findings of an in-depth qualitative study of older people’s perceptions of online communications and also their actual experiences. Findings indicate that older people who are already socially well connected benefit from online communication more than those who are not.


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