The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Older people and online social interactions: an empirical investigation

Hartnett, Elizabeth; Minocha, Shailey; Palmer, Jane; Petre, Marian; Evans, Shirley; Middup, Christopher Paul; Dunn, Kathryn; Murphy, Brendan; Heap, Tania and Roberts, Dave (2013). Older people and online social interactions: an empirical investigation. In: The UKAIS International Conference on Information Systems (UKAIS), 18-20 March 2013, Worcester College, University of Oxford.

Full text available as:
[img]
Preview
PDF (Accepted Manuscript) - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (465Kb) | Preview
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

We are investigating the role of online social interactions on the quality of life and well-being of people aged 65 years and over. We have conducted workshops and one-to-one semi-structured interviews, and have had free-flowing informal exchanges with our participants who have shared stories and incidents with us. Initial findings indicate that older people need an incentive to get and stay online; that relatives and trainers need to structure their help and use repetitive strategies to aid retention; that social networking is a step further than most older people take while email, Skype, and closed mailing lists or forums related to their interests are the most common applications for social interactions. Using social capital theory as a lens to look at the evidence, we find that existing social capital inherent in family and neighbourly ties seem to motivate older people to go online. Being online then allows people to maintain and renew relationships. We have yet to gather firm evidence for creation of new online relationships by older people.

Item Type: Conference Item
Keywords: ageing; aged; conducting research with older people; digital by default; older people; online communities; quality of life; thematic analysis; senior citizens; service users; social capital; social connectedness; social networking; well-being
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Related URLs:
Item ID: 36591
Depositing User: Shailey Minocha
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2013 13:25
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2016 21:15
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/36591
Share this page:

► Automated document suggestions from open access sources

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340   general-enquiries@open.ac.uk