Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol and Francesca Communello presented their papers at the Human-Computer Interaction International Conference (HCII) in Los Angeles, CA, United States.
Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol presented her paper “Why age is not that important? An ageing perspective on computer anxiety“, coauthored by Loredana Iván, in which they reveal the relevance of other factors (namely, socioeconomic background and computer experience) in the association between age and computer anxiety. The authors stress that these factors, rather than age per se, explain better the computer anxiety felt by older people.
Francesca Communello presented a paper coauthored also by Simone Mulargia, Francesca Belotti, and Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, titled “Older people’s attitude towards mobile communication in everyday life: Digital literacy and domestication processes“. In this article, the authors examined the perceptions, adoption and usage patterns of mobile telephony among older people in Italy. They found varying motivations to adopt one type of mobile device over another, a differing profile of users according to their use of the devices, and different strategies in learning to use them.
Both papers were presented on Wednesday, 5 of August in the section New Media in the Everyday Life of Older People – II, chaired by Eugène F. Loos.