Senior citizens, digital information seeking and use of social media for healthy lifestyle

Ágústa Pálsdóttir*

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Abstract

The study investigated how Icelanders who are 60 years and older seek and communicate about digital health and lifestyle information of health and lifestyle information. Random samples were used and participants categorized into two groups, 60 to 67 years old and 68 years or older. The development of information seeking on the Internet in the years 2002, 2007 and 2012 was examined, as well as the use of social media in 2012. Data analysis was performed with ANOVA (one-way). The study revealed that the pattern of seeking and communicating about information was very similar for the age groups. The frequency for information seeking on the Internet was low for both groups, although it had increased since 2002. Results about social media revealed that both age groups chose to receive information rather than share it or communicate with others. The results further revealed that the frequency of using social media was low for both groups. The findings of the study indicate that senior citizens have not yet adapted to the digitalization of health and lifestyle information.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of IT for the Aged Population
Subtitle of host publicationHealthy and Active Aging - 2nd International Conference, ITAP 2016 and Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Proceedings
EditorsJia Zhou, Gavriel Salvendy
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages217-226
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783319399485
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2nd International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2016 and held as a part of 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 17 Jul 201622 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9755
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2016 and held as a part of 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityToronto
Period17/07/1622/07/16

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The study was funded by the University of Iceland Research Fund.

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.

Other keywords

  • Health information
  • Information seeking
  • Internet
  • Senior citizens
  • Social media

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