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Title: 'No country for old men?' Analyzing older people s attitudes toward mobile communication
Author: Comunello, Francesca
Belotti, Francesca
Mulargia, Simone
Fernández Ardèvol, Mireia
Keywords: older people
mobile communication
cas study
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2014
Citation: Comunello, F.; Fernández-Ardèvol, M.; Mulargia, S.;Belotti, F. (2014)."'No country for old men?' Analyzing older people s attitudes toward mobile communication". A: ECREA - 5th European Communication Conference. Lisboa. 12 de novembre.
Abstract: Mobile technology plays an increasing role in interpersonal communication, representing a useful resource for different age cohorts. While the usage of mobile communication by younger people has received a wide attention from communication scholars, its usage by older people is less explored. The goal of our research project is to analyse the usage of mobile phones by the elderly in Italy. We conducted 51 semi-structured interviews in Rome and in a mid-range town located in Umbria, between October 2013 and February 2014. Our study explores older users¿ motivations and usage practices, their perceptions of mobile phones, their adoption and domestication of mobile phones, their usage skills. More specifically, our analysis focuses on: - personal characteristics - personal networks (personal network composition, self-perceived social life, communication channels) - adoption of mobile telephone - consumption patterns of mobile devices - used mobile services - location and mobility of mobile telephone - current mobile characteristics - attitude and opinions towards mobile technology Our preliminary results show major differences in users¿ behaviours and perceptions, that can be related to age cohorts (younger olds vs older olds); socio-cultural levels; vital trajectories (in terms of professional and familiar status); and gender.
Language: English
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