Results: The themes that emerged were related to barriers (i.e., lack of instructions and guidance, lack of knowledge and confidence, health-related barriers, cost); disadvantages and concerns (i.e., too much and too complex technology, feelings of inadequacy, and comparison with younger generations, lack of social
Many seniors admit they have difficulty using the internet due to a disability. Poor eyesight is commonly cited. According to research on Pewinternet, two out of five American seniors have a “physical or health condition that makes reading difficult or challenging”.
From the results of the present study, it is evident that the use of new technologies by the elderly population significantly contributes to a better quality of life, improving parameters of daily living such as transportation facilitation, communication and participation in social life.
Barriers like understanding the internet as a dangerous place, social networking sites being places of socially unacceptable behavior, and regarding the required skills to use computers as being too much, they found the assumptions associated with computers as one of the factors hindering seniors.
18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The results of a recent survey of technology-enabled older adults show that for 53% of them, learning new tech devices such as a computer or cellphone, produced more anxiety and fear than going to the dentist, to the doctor and hearing a strange noise at night – combined!
And it’s very common in older adults, with one in every three elders over age 65 experiencing some form of eye disease that impacts vision, like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, among others. This makes difficult to be able to use technology.
Social media creates a sense of belonging to a greater community among senior citizens. It allows seniors to be part of many online communities and make them feel connected on a large scale. Seniors can use social media to chat, make audio/video calls, and share photos.