Older adults and technology: A review of literature, 2000–2005
Vally Behjou, Indiana University, United States
Indiana University . Awarded
Technology is an integral part of our lives these days. Yet, the digital divide has remained a barrier to equitable education. In this respect, our older adult population, specifically, deserve a closer attention. This study, a systematic literature review on older adults using technology, is an attempt to highlight how older adults use the technology and what further steps are necessary in this way. Recent literature concerning older adults in the United States between the years of 2000 and 2005 has been reviewed.
Review of over 700 documents has revealed that the field of older adult using the technology, despite its importance, has remained short of attention it deserves. Studies on the use of technology are plentiful, but these are not related to older adult users. In the area of older adults' learning needs and older adults' learning theories, things are different. A continual attempt has been made to address the related issues in those areas. The field of older adults using the technology, however, needs attention that is more serious. There is little, if any, evidence to show how older adults use the technology, to what end, and at what cost.
Recommendations are made to future researchers in the field.
Behjou, V. Older adults and technology: A review of literature, 2000–2005. Ph.D. thesis, Indiana University.
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