Using the smartphone to support successful aging: Technology acceptance with selective optimization and compensation among older adults

Yao Sun, Margaret L. McLaughlin, Michael J. Cody

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Abstract

Aging populations and the rapid dissemination of technological innovations both underscore the importance of the use and adoption of new technologies among older adults. Most studies have focused primarily on the barriers older adults face in adopting new technologies without paying much attention to how seniors might purposefully make use of new technologies to handle age-related changes. In this study, we filled both theoretical and empirical gaps by focusing on the roles smartphones might play in helping older adults handle challenges in their daily lives. Drawing upon a web-based survey of older adults 55-75 years old, our study revealed that having a positive attitude is key to successful aging and that this positive attitude toward aging motivates the elderly to utilize smartphones to compensate for aging-related deficits in daily life. We conclude our paper with a discussion of the theoretical implications of these results and directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of IT for the Aged Population
Subtitle of host publicationDesign for Aging - 2nd International Conference, ITAP 2016 and Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Proceedings
EditorsJia Zhou, Gavriel Salvendy
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages490-500
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319399423
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2016 and held as a part of 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: Jul 17 2016Jul 22 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9754
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2016 and held as a part of 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityToronto
Period7/17/167/22/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Deficit
  • Selective optimization with compensation
  • Smartphone
  • Technology acceptance

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