Mobile technology for older adults: protector, motivator or threat?

Lynne Coventry*, Pam Briggs

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

New technologies offer an opportunity to improve the wellbeing and independence of older adults, but many of the potential benefits, have not yet been realised. Some technologies suggest a lifestyle of constant monitoring, controlling and nudging-transformations that could be perceived as threatening. To better understand older adult perceptions and attitudes to adoption of such systems, we describe a 3 week field trial of an application and view the results through the lens of protection motivation theory. Our participants identified a number of threats including not being able to live independently, fear of getting lost, being stigmatised and lack of privacy. Usability, accessibility, reliability, costs and usefulness all negatively impacted coping appraisal that would result in non-adoption, despite their stated intention to adopt the technology in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Design for Aging
Subtitle of host publicationSecond International Conference, ITAP 2016 and Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Proceedings
EditorsJia Zhou, Gavriel Salvendy
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages424-434
Number of pages11
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9783319399430
ISBN (Print)9783319399423
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, held as a part of 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 17 Jul 201622 Jul 2016
Conference number: 2nd
http://2016.hci.international/itap

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Information Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI (LNISA))
PublisherSpringer
Volume9754
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

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

Keywords

  • Older adults
  • Service design
  • Behaviour theories

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