Seniors and Computer Use: What Do We Know? Senior citizens constitute one of the fastest-growing groups using the Internet (Fox, 2004). Recently the online presence of Americans aged 65 and older jumped 25% to a total of almost 10 million online users, while 55 to 64-year-old Internet users increased their numbers by 15% to almost 16 million ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2004
Seniors and Computer Use: What Do We Know?
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • AdriAnne L. Johnson
    Counselor Education, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  • William Brescia, Jr.
    Educational Technology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  • Barbara B. Shadden
    Communication Disorders, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
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Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2004
Seniors and Computer Use: What Do We Know?
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2004, Vol. 9, 4-9. doi:10.1044/gero9.2.4
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2004, Vol. 9, 4-9. doi:10.1044/gero9.2.4
Senior citizens constitute one of the fastest-growing groups using the Internet (Fox, 2004). Recently the online presence of Americans aged 65 and older jumped 25% to a total of almost 10 million online users, while 55 to 64-year-old Internet users increased their numbers by 15% to almost 16 million (NetRatings.com, as cited by Coombes, 2003). Approximately 22% of persons aged 65 or older go online, as compared with 58% of those in the 50– to 64–year age bracket and 75% of those aged 30 to 49 years (Fox). Despite these numbers, older adults are often ignored as computer technology users. This may partly reflect the fact that, while older individuals represent more than 13% of the U.S. population, they account for only 4% of Internet users (Guynn, 2002). DeGraves and Denesiuk (2000)  suggest that the growth in computer literacy and use of the Internet by older adults has not been well documented because it has only recently emerged as a phenomenon that foreshadows rapid change.
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