Comunicação em evento científico
Ageism in the narratives of older people about ICT’s adoption and use
Catarina Rebelo (Rebelo, C.);
Título Evento
7th European Communication Conference
Mais Informação
Digital exclusion among older people is a well know and frequently reported phenomenon. Although this age group is still one of the most expressive on the scenario of digital exclusion in terms of use, it is a phenomenon in transformation as senior people are currently a most growing group of people adopting ICT (Eurostat, 2015; Madden, 2010). Thus, it becomes relevant to understand how and why these processes of ICT’s adoption in a later stage of life are taking place as well as what it means in terms of outcomes (Wei et al., 2017) and benefits for the older individuals. Ageism, along with several other factors, might impact on the process of adoption and use of ICT by older people. In its narrow definition, ageism is “the systematic stereotyping of and discrimination against people because they are old” (Butler, 2001, p.39). Ageism has a cognitive, an affective and a behavioral component, can be negative or positive, implicit or explicit and occur at an individual level, amongst social networks and at an institutional and cultural level (Iversen et al., 2009). Thus, ageist stereotypes can be directed inward by older people on the form of “implicit age self-stereotypes” or the beliefs of older individuals about being old (Gendron, et al., 2015; Levy & Banaji, 2002). Some studies show older individual connecting the interest and suitability of technology for them with their age. The lack of motivation and interest (Dias, 2012; Lugano & Peltonen, 2012; Morris et al., 2007; Selwyn et al., 2003) and the sense that Internet is a technology that is not adequate or relevant for people of their age group (Eynon & Helsper, 2010) are frequently mentioned by older people as reasons for not using the Internet. Also among senior citizens that are active users, age is mentioned as one of the aspects that determines their use (Kania-Lundholm & Torres, 2014). Thus, internalized and implicit ideas of what is appropriate or relevant for people in a later age might play an important role on older people’s adoption and use of ICT. The aim of this study is to understand if and how senior individuals refer to age and age appropriateness on the narratives about their process ICT uptake. This study is part of an ongoing PhD project on the trajectories of internet adoption among older people and is based on the analysis of 5 biographic interviews conducted with older ICT users living in Lisbon area.
  • Ciências da Comunicação - Ciências Sociais