Too old for technology? age stereotypes and technology use by older adults

João Miguel Lourenço de Oliveira Mariano

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Abstract

Information and communication technology holds great promise in supporting the growing population of older people. However, older adults are less likely to use technology compared to the general population, limiting their ability to live independently in an increasingly digital world. Besides being commonly stereotyped as less technologically competent than younger age groups, older adults often mention their age or being “too old” as reasons for not using technology. Surprisingly, the potential influence of stereotypical perceptions about older people and the ageing process on older adults’ use behaviours remains largely understudied. This work aimed to fill this gap by investigating whether and how age stereotypes relate to technology use in late adulthood. Findings from six studies suggest that age stereotypes determine technology use among older age groups through distinct, yet complementary processes. Interventions and policies promoting positive intergenerational contact and positive views on age and ageing should therefore contribute to the digital inclusion of older adults.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
Supervisors/Advisors
  • de Vries, Hein, Supervisor
  • Marques, Sibila, Co-Supervisor, External person
Award date2 Nov 2021
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Publisher
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • ageism
  • stereotype threat
  • stereotype embodiment
  • technology

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