From Age to Age: Key Gerontographics Contributions to Technology Adoption by Older Adults

Cosmina Paul, Luiza Spiru

Abstract

Research conducted on the topic of new technologies and gerontechnology acceptance and adoption by older adults is in its early development and poses challenges regarding the wholistic understanding of older adults’ technology adoption’s drivers and barriers. This study aims at contributing to the understanding of technologies’ relevance and usage by older adults with a high accuracy ascertainment and increased simplification and effectiveness, starting from the gerontographics segmentation. For doing so, the study interviewed 125 older adults from three countries: Romania, Slovenia and Cyprus. Our research categorized these older adults in to four gerontographics groups according to their reported psychological and physical well-being. We found significant differences in the actual usage: perceived usefulness, the ascribed meaning of technology and their acceptance and/or rejection of the new technologies by the four gerontechnologies. These findings emphasized that the relation of older adults with technology and the barriers which arose are differently experienced by segments with dissimilar physical and psychological well-being. Nevertheless, they constitute powerful evidence of the value of the gerontographics in conceptualizing, developing and marketing new technologies and gerontechnologies.

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Paul C. and Spiru L. (2021). From Age to Age: Key Gerontographics Contributions to Technology Adoption by Older Adults. In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health - Volume 1: ICT4AWE, ISBN 978-989-758-506-7, pages 121-129. DOI: 10.5220/0010395701210129


in Bibtex Style

@conference{ict4awe21,
author={Cosmina Paul and Luiza Spiru},
title={From Age to Age: Key Gerontographics Contributions to Technology Adoption by Older Adults},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health - Volume 1: ICT4AWE,},
year={2021},
pages={121-129},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0010395701210129},
isbn={978-989-758-506-7},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health - Volume 1: ICT4AWE,
TI - From Age to Age: Key Gerontographics Contributions to Technology Adoption by Older Adults
SN - 978-989-758-506-7
AU - Paul C.
AU - Spiru L.
PY - 2021
SP - 121
EP - 129
DO - 10.5220/0010395701210129