The effects of computer training and internet usage on the use of everyday technology by older adults: A randomized controlled study

K. Slegers*, M.P.J. van Boxtel, J. Jolles

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According to the skill transfer concept, people may use general technological skills to solve new problems. To test this concept, a technological transfer test was included in a randomized controlled-intervention study aimed at the causal relationship between computer use and autonomy of older adults. Older adults with and without exposure to computer training and Internet use and participants without interest in computers were administered this test. On two occasions, participants performed four daily tasks with everyday technological devices. Exposure to a novel technological challenge did not affect the efficiency of, and involvement in, other technological activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-110
JournalEducational Gerontology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007

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