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ERIC Number: EJ1057257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1277
Understanding Older Adults' Perceptions of Internet Use: An Exploratory Factor Analysis
Zheng, Robert; Spears, Jeffrey; Luptak, Marilyn; Wilby, Frances
Educational Gerontology, v41 n7 p504-518 2015
The current study examined factors related to older adults' perceptions of Internet use. Three hundred ninety five older adults participated in the study. The factor analysis revealed four factors perceived by older adults as critical to their Internet use: social connection, self-efficacy, the need to seek financial information, and the need to seek health information. Key differences were found between previous research and the factors extracted in this study. The regression analysis demonstrated that variables like health condition, financial status, computer experience, and life satisfaction significantly predict, at various levels, factors perceived by the older adults to affect Internet use. The significance of the study as well as its implications for research and practice are discussed. Suggestions are made for future research and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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