"What’s so special about studying old people?". The ethical, methodological, and sampling issues surrounding the study of older adults and ICTs

Birkland, Johanna L. (2010) "What’s so special about studying old people?". The ethical, methodological, and sampling issues surrounding the study of older adults and ICTs. In: Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication 2010 Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication Vancouver, Canada, 15-18 June 2010. School of Information Technology Murdoch University, Murdoch, pp. 341-356.

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Abstract

Generational research surrounding technology use and trends is beginning to receive more attention. Most of this research has focused on the younger generations, while ignoring those generations at the older end of the age spectrum. As research of younger generations becomes more popular, it is likely that researching older generations will also grow in popularity. There are, however, several methodological, ethical, and sampling challenges that researchers must consider when researching older adults. We draw from our multi-disciplinary meta-analysis of 622 papers that study “older adults and ICTs” to illustrate our points. Sampling challenges, for example, include defining the population under study and the difficulties of obtaining a diverse population due to traditional recruiting strategies. The paper includes suggestions on how to address some of the pitfalls, and for future methodological development.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Cultural Attitudes Towards Communication and Technology, Proceedings > CATaC Conference 2010
Depositing User: Sissi Kemp
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 17:53
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2013 14:09
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/2296

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