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Active Seniors and Mobile Phone Interaction

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Abstract:

In this study we analyzed the interaction between active seniors and mobile phone use. Results were obtained from a survey. Participants were 165 active seniors enrolled in university programs for seniors, most of whom owned a mobile phone and used it for basic functions such as making calls, creating a contact list, checking the time, and sending text messages. The mobile phone did not have a social expansion function (that is, to extend their social networks) for these people; but it did provide them with social support by allowing them to keep in touch with their relatives. It also made them feel secure, free, and independent.

Keywords: AGING; MOBILE PHONE USE; SENIORS; SOCIAL INCLUSION; TECHNOLOGY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2012.40.5.875

Publication date: 2012-06-01

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