Being old in an always-on culture

Together with Edith Roth Gjevjon, I have an article out in The Information Society, about older people’s perceptions and experiences with online communication. It’s pretty good, and based upon a study we did with 24 older people, ages 60 to 95. These research participant had none or very little experience with forms of online communication most of us now take for granted. At the beginning of the study they received iPads, and we followed them for about a year with support and visits. Findings indicate that older people who are already socially well connected benefit from online communication more than those who are not.

For those without access to The Information Society, Edith and I have 50 free copies each of the article available here.