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Title: Older people, mobile communication and risks
Author: Ivan, Loredana
Fernández Ardèvol, Mireia
Keywords: risk perception
older people
technology risks
wireless technologies risks
mobile communication risks
Issue Date: Jun-2017
Publisher: Societies
Citation: Ivan, L. & Fernández-Ardèvol, M. (2017). "Older people, mobile communication and risks". Societies, 7(2), 1-16. ISSN 2075-4698. doi: 10.3390/soc7020007
Abstract: Starting from Beck's concept of reflexivity, the paper investigates differences in risk perception regarding wireless technologies expressed by older people living in Romania and Catalonia (Spain). We combine evidence from conversations held with older individuals in different research projects together with an ad-hoc media content analysis. Our research reveals that seniors' discourses were consistent with the media prominence of different types of risks in each country. Results show that seniors' discourses on health risks relate to the way the media discussed them, with Romanian participants, in contrast to older people from Catalonia, expressing no concerns about electromagnetic radiation. Also, Romanian seniors were more concerned about the risk to othersyounger family memberswhereas seniors in Catalonia were more concerned about their own risks. Seniors from Romania made more references to the country's development. We discuss aging futures in societies with different risk perceptions. As the media presents the risks associated with digital technologies in differing lights, people's perceptions are formed accordingly. Also, in countries where technology is perceived as good per se, the techno-optimistic discourse would be reinforced not only by the media but also by the groups exposed to the highest social pressure towards technology adoptionfor example, seniors.
Language: English
ISSN: 2075-4698MIAR
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