Seniors’ adoption of digital devices and virtual event platforms in Singapore during Covid-19

Arif Perdana, Intan Azura Mokhtar

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Abstract

In Singapore, with the nationwide implementation of Covid-19 physical restrictions and safe management measures (SMMs) in place because of the pandemic, the seniors' regular routines and daily social activities have been disrupted. Prior research on seniors' adoption of digital technologies has primarily focused on health-related purposes such as nutrition and exercise and managing old-age related diseases. However, there is limited research done to understand how seniors use digital technologies for other purposes, such as social networks or leisure activities, that can help seniors socialise and reduce loneliness despite ongoing SMMs and restrictions on social distancing and physical interactions because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In particular, the use of virtual event platforms can make it easier for seniors to communicate and socialise with their peers, thus keeping social isolation and loneliness at bay. In this paper, we discuss seniors' relationship with technology, guided by the social exchange theory. We also share the methodological framework that guided this small-scale study on the use of virtual event platforms, along with the research instruments and measurements required for data collection. The research findings of this study, conducted with 144 respondents aged 60 years old and above, are discussed and further analysed with their theoretical contributions and implications for practice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101817
JournalTechnology in Society
Volume68
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022

Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • Digital devices
  • Seniors
  • Seniors go digital
  • Singapore
  • Virtual event platform

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