Open Conference Systems, Catac 2016

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“IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE I HAD ALZHEIMER’S:” DO CULTURAL STEREOTYPES ABOUT AGING AND ICTS AFFECT OLDER ADULTS’ ICT USE IDENTITIES?
Johanna L.H. Birkland

Last modified: 2016-06-08

Abstract


There are many stereotypes about older adults regarding Information and CommunicationTechnology (ICT) use in the United States. Three of the most common stereotypes seen in the popular and academic literature are that older adults are “frustrated,” “fearful,” and “unknowledgeable” ICT users. The internalization of these pervasive stereotypes has impacted what the author has called the “ICT use identity” of members of the Lucky Few Generation. Interestingly, those who used more and newer forms of ICTs were more likely to identify with these stereotypes than those who used more traditional forms of ICTs.


Keywords


older adults, ICT use, stereotypes, Lucky Few, aging

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