Too old for technology? How the elderly of Lisbon use and perceive ICT

Barbara Neves, Fausto Amaro

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The elderly have traditionally been an excluded group in the deployment of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Even though their use of ICT is increasing, there is still a significant age­-based digital divide. To empower elderly people’s usage of ICT we need to look at their patterns of usage and perceptions. To understand how Lisbon’s elderly people (65 and above) use and perceive mobile phones, computers, and the Internet, we surveyed a random stratified sample of 500 individuals over 64 years of age, living in Lisbon. Of those surveyed, 72% owned a mobile phone, 13% used computers, and 10% used the Internet. The quantitative data was followed­ up by ten qualitative (semi­structured) interviews. The
implications of the results are discussed herein.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalThe Journal of Community Informatics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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