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Design paradigmes and misunderstood technology: The case of older users
Lunds universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0563-3635
2005 (English)In: Young technologies in old hands - An international view on senior citizen's utilization of ICT / [ed] Jæger, Birgit, DJØF Publishing Copenhagen , 2005, 25-39 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The stereotypes about older adults and the incomplete picture that emerges when such persons are described in terms of properties and a characteristic derived from ageing is one motivation for defining the status of older users. The other key motivation is that the elderly are just one user-group among others so that the perspective on how technology is used may or may not tell us something about the elderly as users e.g. the elderly may find it more difficult to use a product in contrast to younger persons or young and old alike may find a product difficult to use. This article is a contribution to a better understanding of old peoples' needs and preferences in information and communication technology (ICT) and to how such needs and preferences should be defined. The aim is to describe established hypotheses and definitions of old people as a target group for the innovation and design of information- and communication technology (ICT) and analyse whether we should understand and define them with reference to their status as users, their age, or other common characteristics.

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DJØF Publishing Copenhagen , 2005. 25-39 p.
Keyword [en]
ageing, ICT, users, Stereotypes
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-160214ISBN: 978-87-574-1127-0OAI: diva2:794917

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Available from: 2015-03-13 Created: 2015-02-17 Last updated: 2015-03-25Bibliographically approved

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