publication . Article . 2005

Is the digital divide between young and elderly people increasing?

Gerd Paul; Christian Stegbauer;
Open Access English
  • Published: 03 Oct 2005 Journal: First Monday (issn: 1396-0466, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: University of Illinois at Chicago University Library
Abstract
Elderly people still play a minor role in research on information needs and usage patterns of Internet users. Online research and advocacy groups look optimistically at the (economic and social) potential of the active and technology–skilled elderly; other approaches dealing with the social appropriation of technology see obstacles and stress the dangers of an increasing digital divide between generations. Our objective is to refer to taken for granted normative assumptions of the digital divide discourse, highlighting different requirements for the appropriation of the Internet. Using the concept of technological generations we look at formal and informal learn...
Subjects
free text keywords: Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Networks and Communications, Law, Computer science, Peer group, Multimedia, computer.software_genre, computer, Knowledge society, Public relations, business.industry, business, Informal learning, The Internet, Appropriation, Digital divide, Online research methods, Social group
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