No Country for older people? Age and the digital divide

Abbey, Ruth and Hyde, Sarah (2009) No Country for older people? Age and the digital divide. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 7 (4). pp. 225-242. ISSN 1477-996X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the literature on age and the digital divide by examining the uses of and attitudes toward information and communication technologies (ICTs) by 26 politically senior citizens. Design/methodology/approach – The approach taken involved in-depth face-to-face interviews. Findings – The majority of the respondents are informed and balanced cyber-enthusiasts who have embraced the opportunities afforded by ICTs to enhance their lives in general, including their political activities. Originality/value – These findings destabilize the dominant image of older people and their attitudes to and experiences of ICTs that appears in most of the literature on age and the digital divide. Those aged 65 and over represent the last cohort, in Western societies at least, for whom age as such is likely to be a decisive factor in their relationship to ICTs. It is therefore vital to get some insight into their views.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Communication technologies, Elderly people, England, Internet, Politics
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Sarah Hyde
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2010 09:59
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2012 11:04
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/24180 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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