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The role of ICT and new media in improving older adults’ quality of life: Mixed methods

Mwagwabi, F. and Lim, T. (2021) The role of ICT and new media in improving older adults’ quality of life: Mixed methods. In: Leisure for Older Adults in Asia, 19-20 January 2021, Online via Zoom

Abstract

Our proposed study seeks to investigate how technology can improve quality of life in older people. In particular, we aim to advance our understanding of the role ICT and new media-related leisure activities such as social networking, mental games and language learning apps play as a source of meaning and well-being in older people. In doing so, we seek to identify key characteristics of the ICT and new media-related leisure activities that provide a source of wellbeing to older people, and the social norms and attitudes that motivate them to adopt and domesticate these technologies.

We address three key questions. First, what kinds of leisure activities older people consider more desirable than others, and what make these leisure activities desirable. Second, we explore how social norms, technology attitudes and dispositions encourage or discourage older Asians’ to participate in the identified leisure activities. Third, we seek to identify individual characteristics beyond social norms, technology attitudes and dispositions, that differentiate elderly ICT and new media users and non-users, and how non-users can be motivated to adopt ICT and new media related leisure activities in their pursuit for well-being.

A mixed method, longitudinal approach is proposed: (a) a survey to determine attitudes, norms, and other salient variables, (b) focus groups and (c) interviews of older people over the age of 55, in Asia. This will allow us to investigate the long-term effects of ICT and new media leisure activities on well-being and the extent of their adoption in their domestic life.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): IT, Media and Communications
Conference Website: https://ari.nus.edu.sg/events/leisure-for-older-ad...
Other Information: Hosted by National University of Singapore
United Nations SDGs: Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/62326
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