Older adults and the appropriation and disappropriation of smartphones
Date of Issue2015
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Centre of Social Media Innovations for Communities (COSMIC)
Research in recent years has focused on examining the acceptance as well as the appropriation of technologies amongst older adults, especially in how technologies alleviate issues of functional declines, loneliness, and financial difficulties brought about by ageing. Yet such studies have often overlooked meaningful appropriation or disappropriation of technologies amongst older adults. By drawing on a longitudinal study of ten older adults who were given a smartphone under a corporate social responsibility program by a telecommunications company, we followed the use of smartphones by ten older adult users using in-depth interviews lasting one to two hours each. Our findings revealed a mix of appropriation and disappropriation, which are linked to everyday technological use and routines, attitudes to technology, and social support.
© 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Proceedings of 1st International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population (ITAP), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20892-3_47].