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      “A Little Silly and Empty-Headed” – Older Adults’ Understandings of Social Networking Sites

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      People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology (HCI)

      Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology

      1 - 5 September 2009

      Social networking sites, social media, aging society, older adults

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            Abstract

            This study suggests reasons for the absence of a growing proportion of the population, the so-called baby boomers, from the otherwise highly popular social networking sites. We explore how people of this age group understand social networking sites and how these understandings fit certain aspects of their life. Designing social networking sites that match older adults’ life would increase their possibilities of coping with the changes related to their age and of contributing to the information society. In a qualitative study involving use of an existing social networking site, and group and personal interviews, we found that understanding the internet as a dangerous place, and social networking sites as places of socially unacceptable behavior, hinders the use of these technologies. To include older adults, we propose arrangement of social events for getting familiarized with these services and offering of clear and simple privacy management on the sites. These actions have implications for users of all ages.

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            Contributors
            Conference
            September 2009
            September 2009
            : 45-54
            Affiliations
            [0001]Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT / Helsinki University of Technology TKK

            PO Box 9800, 02015 TKK, Finland
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/HCI2009.6
            271f0211-0628-497e-b0d4-347a29cc992f
            © Vilma Lehtinen et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology, Churchill College Cambridge, 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/

            People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology
            HCI
            Churchill College Cambridge, UK
            1 - 5 September 2009
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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