Trajectories to community engagement: understanding older people’s experiences of engagement with online and local communities

Harley, David Andrew, Howland, Kate and Harris, Eric Charles (2016) Trajectories to community engagement: understanding older people’s experiences of engagement with online and local communities. The Journal Of Community Informatics, 12 (1). ISSN 1712-4441

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Abstract

The communal benefits of online communities and SNS are enjoyed by many Internet users but remain of limited appeal to many older people. In this study we consider how a small group of older people in the South of England engage with these technologies showing their motivations and the role of existing relationships in the local community with regards to this engagement. Four catalysts are identified which determine trajectories towards and away from online engagement and these are: family, roles, loss, and ‘spaces and places’. The resulting trajectories are discussed along with their implications for policy making and technology design.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Kate Howland
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2016 14:35
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 05:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/61921

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Project NameSussex Project NumberFunderFunder Ref
Older People's Engagement with Online and Offline CommunitiesG1154EPSRC-ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCILRE4500735742