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      Designing Social Networking Sites for Older Adults

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      Proceedings of HCI 2010 (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction

      6 - 10 September 2010

      Personal social networks, older adults, social networking sites, privacy, communication

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          The importance of older adults’ social networks in providing practical, emotional and informational support is well documented. In this paper, we reflect on the personal social networks of older adults, and the shortcomings of existing online Social Networking Sites (SNSs) in supporting their needs. We report findings from ethnographic interviews, focus groups and hands-on demonstrations with older adults, where we find key themes affecting adoption of SNSs. We then consider design aspects that should be taken into account for future SNSs, if they are to meet the preferences of older users.

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                Contributors
                Conference
                September 2010
                September 2010
                : 186-194
                Affiliations
                School of Computing

                University of Dundee
                Department of Computer Science

                University of Aberdeen
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/HCI2010.24
                © Lorna Gibson et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of HCI 2010, University of Abertay, Dundee, UK

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                Proceedings of HCI 2010
                HCI
                24
                University of Abertay, Dundee, UK
                6 - 10 September 2010
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Human Computer Interaction
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                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
                Categories
                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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