Technology use characteristics among older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-cultural survey

Ortal Cohen Elimelech, Simona Ferrante, Naomi Josman, Sonya Meyer, Francesca Lunardini, Jonathan Gómez-Raja, Carmen Galán, Pilar Cáceres, Piera Sciama, Marianne Gros, Clodia Vurro, Sara Rosenblum

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Abstract

Personal computers, tablets, and smartphones may support older adults' engagement when people are required to stay home and opportunities to engage in meaningful activities are reduced during the COVID-19 period. This study aims to screen older adults’ technology-use characteristics across social, leisure, and education domains during the COVID-19 pandemic from a crosscultural viewpoint. The sample included 576 participants aged 60 and older from France (n = 62), Spain (n = 110), and Israel (n = 404). Participants completed the technology-use survey, which consists of questions about their facilities, technology usability, need for adaptations to support technology use, and changes in technology use since COVID-19. Significant differences were found between countries in facilities, χ2 (2) = 25.16, p < .001, and usability, χ2 (2) = 64.14, p < .001, across the three domains. Furthermore, 34% of technological usability was predicted by country and facilities, F (4, 568) = 72.39, p < .001. Participants noted a willingness to use technology if it was adapted for social (61%–73%), leisure (51%–71%), or educational (67%–76%) activities and that they devoted substantially more time to technology across domains (>58%) due to COVID-19. These findings highlight culture and facilities as factors that play an imperative role in supporting and enhancing the usability of technology among older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102080
JournalTechnology in Society
Volume71
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the call SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020-2B, grant agreement no: 101016112.

Funding Information:
This study has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the call SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020-2B , grant agreement no: 101016112 .

Publisher Copyright:
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Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Cultural difference
  • Older adult
  • Technology-use characteristics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

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