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ERIC Number: ED416380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 13
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The Use of Computer Technology by Older Adults.
Galusha, Jill M.
The older adult (55+) population is becoming a significant presence in the personal computer market. Seniors have the discretionary income, experience, interest, and free time to make use of computers in interesting ways. A literature review found that older adults make use of computers in significant numbers: 30 percent of computer owners are older than 55 years old. Twenty-three percent of seniors over the age of 75 now own Personal Computers (PCs). Genderwise, 38% of male respondents own PCs compared to 23% of female respondents. Thirty-three percent of survey respondents who are married own PCs versus 23% of unmarried respondents. Of PC owners, 53% are college graduates, 22% have "some college," and 7% did not finish high school. Seniors use computers to stay in touch with family and friends via e-mail, research health issues, write, play games, manage personal finances, and create graphics in desktop publishing. The primary reason that 71 percent of seniors do not own computers is unfamiliarity with computers. Training opportunities for seniors are increasing, however, and seniors are taking advantage of them, especially using peer tutoring. Learning to use computer technology is a step toward lifelong learning for senior adults, particularly when they have access to the Internet and know how to use it. The SeniorNet nonprofit network provides computer literacy training for persons over 55 years old. Seniors are increasingly taking advantage of training opportunities and using computers to enrich their lives. (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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